The BIRMINGHAM STUDIO SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA: Leader, FRANK CANTELL
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
TOPLISS GREEN (Baritone)
W. A. CLARKE (Bassoon)
AKACREON, or Fugitive Love, belongs to the . early years of last century, when Overtures to Operas largely aimed at ' setting the scene ' in the mind of the listener for what he was to hear and see in the work. Here Cherubini retains the old slow Introduction, but then dashes off into the sort of skittish music befitting a tale of love's complications and intrigues.
MOZART wrote, at various times, a number of works for rather unusual combinations of instruments-generally for some particular per. former or group of players. He seems to have been the sort of obliging fellow who. to give pleasure to a friend. could and would sit down and write an effective piece for any instrument in existence.
He composed this Bassoon
Concerto (numbered K. 191 in the list of his works) at < the age of eighteen, for an amateur player of the instrument, one Baron von Durnitz. It is just a charming light work, giving the soloist admirable opportunities to display his instrument's beauty of tone and agility.
There are three Movements—a sprightly opening one, followed by a flowing sweetly serious slow Move-nent, with a pretty note of tenderness in it, and rounded off by a Rondo having the general style of a Minuet.
HIAWATHA tells his people that ho has seen in a vision the white men coming over the seas, bringing a message from ' Gitche Manito, the Mighty, the Great Spirit, the Creator,' and he bids his people welcome them.
FEW men's music is more consistently lovable than that of Franck, the Belgian-born composer, who lived all his quiet lifo in Paris, as an Organist and Professor at the Conservatoire. Sincere, deeply felt and often highly emotional, his work finds a quick response in the hearts of music-lovers, for it is full of an elevated beauty.
His only Symphony has three Movements.
Tunes from the First and Second Movements recur in the Third, so binding the whole work
SMETANA, the first Bohemian composer to achieve distinction, was a great lover of his native land. He wrote a set of Orchestral pieces entitled My Country, celebrating in music its natural beauties, its history and legends.
From Bohemia's Woods and Fields, the fourth of this cycle of Tone Poems, contains suggestions of folk songs and dances, as well as of the dignity of the forests and the charm of the countryside.