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A Symphony Concert


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Relayed from the Assembly Room, City Hall
National Orchestra of Wales
(Leader, Albert Voorsanger)
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

The tune which forms the basis of the whole piece falls into several sections, expressing feelings of tenderness, mysticism, and exaltation. The five variations, in which the Piano and Orchestra carry on a wonderful dialogue of comment upon this theme, are not of the clear-cut older variation style, but, as the word 'symphonic' implies, are fairly elaborate (though quite clear), dignified, and of considerable depth of emotional expression.
A powerful little phrase is thrown out by the Orchestra; the Pianoforte answers with a quiet one. The two parties discuss the matter for a while, then the time changes to three-in-a-bar, and the Strings pluck out a portion of the main tune for the Variations. But the Pianoforte interferes, expounds its opening idea further, and brings in the Orchestra for still more discussion. (All this does not take long,) After a climax, the Pianoforte gives out the tune for variation-a lovely calm melody. The Orchestra joins it, and afterwards come the variations. We shall hear, besides several treatments of the chief tune, references to the Orchestra's opening challenge, and to the Pianoforte's reply to it, the latter theme being changed into a gay dance towards the end.


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestra leader: Albert Voorsanger
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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