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(Ninth Season-18)
Emanuel Feuerman (violoncello)
The BBC Orchestra
(Section B) .
Leader, Paul Beard
Conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood (Solo violoncello, EMANUEL FEUERMAN )
Gustav Holst 's opera The Perfect Fool was first produced by the ' British National Opera Company in May, 1923, and was prominent in their repertory for some time. The plot of the opera is fantastic and is made more so because Hoist, who wrote both words and music, used his opportunity to parody operatic styles, particularly those of the Italian and Wagnerian.
The ballet, which, however, is straightforward, occurs at the opening of the opera. A wizard is conjuring up various spirits whom he compels to supply him with various materials and ingredients for a magic potion which will give him such power over a certain Princess that she will be quite unable to refuse to marry him. Of the Spirits of Earth is demanded a cup suitable for containing magic essences. The Spirits of the Water are required to fill the cup with a highly potent distillation of love, and the Spirits of Fire to dwell in the cup, ' burning, blasting, and scorching ', as the text says. Yet after all it is the Fool who is destined to get the Princess, not the scheming Wizard.


Unknown: Emanuel Feuerman
Conducted By: Sir Henry J. Wood
Unknown: Emanuel Feuerman
Unknown: Gustav Holst

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