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A Light Symphony Concert

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CORNELIS BRONSGEEST (Baritone)
THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Leader, S. KNEALE KELLEY )
Conducted by GODFREY BROWN
Overture, ' Roman Carnival' .....Berlioz Rhapsody, ' A Shropshire Lad'.. Butterworth
THE Overture is made up of themes taken from Berlioz' opera Benvenuto Cellini , an opera which was dogged by dismal failure wherever it was produced. The Overture, on the other hand, has always been successful. It begins with the whirlwind Allegro to which Berlioz refers, and then there is a melody which, in the opera, Benvenuto sings to his beloved Teresa; here it is played first by English horn and then repeated by the strings. It makes way for another bustling Allegro, and towards the end the Saltarello from the opening returns.

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