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THE HALLE ORCHESTRA

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(leader, Laurance Turner ) : conductor, Malcolm Sargent. Second broadcast from the series organised by the Halle Society in collaboration with the BBC
From the Opera House, Manchester
Although there is little doubt that Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor was written with some kind of a programme at the back of the composer's mind, he has given no indication as to what it might be. Certainly we know that at that time he was very pessimistic over his art, and in a letter to his great friend
Nadejda von Meek he said he was anxious to prove not only to the outside world but to himself that he was not finished as a composer, and he mentioned that he was at work on a new symphony. This new symphony proved to be the No. S in E minor.
Except for the last movement the greater part of the symphony is tragic in character, and, like the Fourth Symphony, the work is dominated throughout by a motto theme : a gloomy melody that is heard at the outset on the clarinet over an accompaniment for strings and bassoon. Curiously, the theme itself is a quotation from the aria ' Do not turn to sorrow the hour of our reunion ' in the first act of Glinka's opera A Life for the Tsar.

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Leader: Laurance Turner
Unknown: Malcolm Sargent.

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