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OLIVE GROVES (soprano)
Relayed from
The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
This well-known air of Saint-Saens is sung by Delilah in the second act of the opera, in her own house ; at the instigation of Samson's Philistine enemies, she has lured him there, with the treacherous design of. making him betray the secret of his strength, so that he may be robbed of it.
It is indeed a beguiling melody, and the change from its tender, sentimental opening to the passionate strain which follows never fails of its thrilling effect. In the opera Samson's voice joins in the last verse, echoing Delilah's words, but when the song is given separately it is she herself who completes it. (Soloist, LESLIE JEFFRIES> )
At the pianoforte, SYDNEY FFOULKES
Few vocalists regularly broadcasting with this orchestra are more popular than Olive Groves. It is six months since she was last heard with Leslie Jeffries, who will be the first to welcome her back to Eastbourne.
Again tonight Jeffries shows his flair for what the public wants bv choosing a programme of popular music, all of it melodious and all of it appealing to the heart. Among the items is Saint-Saens's ' Softly awakes my Heart which is surely one of the most famous operatic love songs.
Another high-spot of the evening is the first solo Jeffries has selected-Fibich's ' Poem ', arranged by Kubelik, who was the first to make it popular in this country when he played it before the war. It is well known to listeners in many different forms, including its latest form as a waltz-song.
Zdcuko Fibich (1850-1900) wrote about 700 works, of which, 350 short piano pieces, forming a kind of musical diary under the title of ' Moods, Impressions and Memories,' are particularly noteworthy. The ' Poem ' belongs to this diary.
In response to numerous requests from his unseen audience for repeats from his past programmes, Jeffries has included the selection from Glamorous Nights, which finishes its triumphant run at Drury Lane on November 30.


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National Programme Daventry, 17 November 1935 21.30

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