by H.M. THE KING
A Running Commentary relayed from
S.B. from Liverpool
VERY few people realize the advantages that
Portugal has to offer to the holiday-maker in search of picturesque surroundings unspoilt by thousands of other people just like himself. Mr. Croft-Cooke (who is well known as a broadcaster) will tell enough of the attractions of a holiday in Portugal to help a few belated people, who have no chance of getting into the more crowded resorts, to make up their minds.
: The Children's Hour
'is Positive : 1. That the Olof Sextet will play most acceptably (They always do !). 2. That the STAFF can write a Story. 3. That E. Le Breton Martin's " Positive Percy " will turn out to be " A Bit too Positive"
BIG BEN (which, by the way, is, strictly speaking, not the name of the clock, but only of the great bell that is so familiar to listeners to the broadcast time signals) is one of the most remarkable clocks in the country. Its size is stupendous, and makes its almost perfect ' time-keeping all the greater a triumph of the clock-maker's art. Commander Could is an expert on the subject, and his talk will be full of interesting information and unexpected facts.
mH IS evening Professor
D'Arcy Thompson reverts to the topic of the first three of this series of talks-the limitations that Nature appears to have imposed upon the form of different substances. The soap-bubble is the standard example of this, and he will tell how its mystery was unravelled by Plateau, the blind physicist of Ghent.
ARTHUR CATTERALL (Violin) ; WALTER WIDDOP (Tenor) ; THE WIRELESS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Leader : S. KNEALE KELLEY ); Conducted by EDWARD CLARK
LONDON heard Oberon under the Composer's direction a few weeks before his death at the age of thirty-nine. It is a fairy-story Opera in which Weber's gift for composing imaginative music, full of romantic and pictorial suggestion, rose to the heights of genius. In this fine Overture we hear all sorts of graphic ideas-the magic horn of Oberon. fairy music, and the more positive strains of human loves and triumphs.
FOR Siegfried, who was to have been the world's redeeming hero, his father's shattered sword, which is called ' 'Nothung' (' Needful ') has been preserved. The youth has been brought up in the forest by a cunning dwarf, who has tried in vain to weld the pieces of the sword together, but tho lad has snapped the blade as quickly as it was forged.
At last, Siegfried himself melts Nothung and forges it, singing exultantly as he tempers and hammers it. When the work is done, the sword is complete and strong again, and Siegfried, shouting in his joy, with one blow from it splits the anvil in twain...
THIS is. Dvorak's only. Violin Concerto. It is
J- thoroughly typical of him in its charming tunefulness and breezy spirit. There are three Movements to the work, but there is no break between the First and Second.
To-night's Soloist, Arthur Catterall , is a Lancashire man, having been born in Preston. When he Was a boy. Halle discovered him. Richter, Halle's successor in the conductorship of the Manchester Orchestra, took him to Bayreuth. to play to the Wagner coterie there-a signal honour for an Englishman. Until very recently Mr. Catterall was leader of the Hallé Orchestra, and he is still leader of the well-known Catterall Quartet. ;
W.T. WALTON is a Lancashire Composer, bom in 1902, whoso String Qnartet was chosen for performance at the Salzburg International Musical Festival a few years ago. and later received an award from the Carnegie Trust, which each year pays for the publication of a number of striking new works.
Portsmouth Point is described as ' After a print by Rowlandson,' the caricaturist (1756-1827), whose drawings, humorous and broadly satirical, are well known.
BORODIN (1834-1887), Doctor of Medicine and Professor of Chemistry, became one of the leading' Nationalist' composers in nineteenth century Russia. This powerful Symphony was completed in 1877. It is in four Movements. The FIRST is heroic and somewhat barbaric in style. The SECOND (Very fast) has persistent rhythms and plenty of gay orchestral colour. The THIRD is quiet and sombrely reflective, and the FOURTH (which follows without break) is a continuous flow of high spirits.