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Edwin Fischer (pianoforte)
The City of Birmingham Orchestra
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conductor, Leslie Heward from the Town Hall, Birmingham
Beethoven himself spoke of his Eighth Symphony as the ' Little Symphony in F ', and as one of which he was particularly fond, perhaps for the reason that it is in spirit the brightest of the whole nine. Tchaikovsky once wrote an analysis of this syrgphony, from which we quote: 'It is the last bright smile, the last response given by the poet of human sorrows and hopeless despair to the voice of gladnessIt is filled with a spirit of serene content and unrestrained joy. It depicts the gentle, earthly delights of humanity before the soul is distracted by evil, doubt, and despair.' In this symphony Beethoven's ever delightful humour appears at its brightest.


Edwin Fischer
Leslie Heward

Regional Programme Midland

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Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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