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LOLA VASILKOVSKA (Soprano)
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA (Leader : S. KNEALE-KELLEY ), conducted by JOHN ANSELL
PRINCE IGOR, that Opera of ancient pageantry and Oriental colour, is Borodin's most famous work. The Dances, of which the music is now to bo heard, occur in the Second Act, when Igor, a prisoner in the camp of a nomad tribe, the Polovtsy, is as a tribute to his courage invited to be present at a festival.
THE LAKE OF SWANS, Tchaikovsky's first Ballet, was written for performance at the Imperial Theatre at Moscow fifty years ago. In spite of the channing music, the work, as a whole, owing to the poorness of the production, was then not very successful. Later, the composer greatly altered tho music.
The story of the Ballet is about the love of a young Knight for a maiden, whom a wicked sorcerer has changed into a swan. There is obviously room here for graceful and lyrical music, as well as for more dramatic and exciting movements.
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