THE BIRMINGHAM STRING QUARTET :
PERCIVAL HODGSON (1st Violin),- GRACE BURROWS (2nd Violin) FREDERICK MOUNTNEY (Viola),
JOAN WILLIS (Violoncello)
IN the small amount of chamber music
Vaughan Williams has written we find a sensitive, original, personal quality and a freedom of harmony that often leads to a rugged effect, though never to ugliness.
Like Ravel, he has written but little chamber music, and. only one String .Quartet. This, composed in 1909, and revised twelve years later, shows now and again the influence of Ravel, one of his teachers, but the dominating style is purely the composer's own.
'BREAKING THE SPELL'
A Comic Opera in One Act, by OFFENBACH
The scene is the garden adjoining the ' Royal Hospital Tavern' on the Thames near Chelsea Hospital. In the distance is tho. hospital itself, from whence come the old pensioners to talk over old times at the tavern. Peter dashes from the inn excitedly, throwing his hat upon the ground.
Old Matthew, a Chelsea Pensioner ,:
Peter Bloom, a Gardener:
Jenny Wood, Maid of the Inn:
A Little Opera by ALFRED REYNOLDS
The scene is the outside of a house on a moonlight night. Here we find a policeman with lantern, truncheon and service guitar.
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
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