IN 1880 Tchaikovsky paid a visit to Italy, and was pleased with the popular tunes he heard people singing there. Some of them he worked up into this ' Fantasia ' (as he called it)-a piece in the cheerful spirit of peasants in rude health. The opening military 'call' is a reminiscence of the music the composer heard when he stayed near a barracks in Home. Then various folk-songs are brought in. The last section of the work consists of a lively
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA (Leader, FRANK CANTELL ), conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS ;
JOSEPH FARRINGTON (Bass)
Overture to ' Rosamunde '
JOSEPH FARRINGTON and Orchestra
The Erl King (Der Erlkönig) Omnipotence (Die AUmacht)
The ' Unfinished' Symphony
The Guide (Der Wegweiser) The Post (Die Post)
Jealousy and Pride (Eifersucht und Stolz)
The Stormy Morning (Der Stürmische Morgen)
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