The Birmingham Studio Orchestra, conducted by Frank Cantell
There are two monuments to Count Egmont, the patriot of the Netherlands : one is the statue of him that was erected at Brussels some sixty years ago (which many listeners will have seen) the other is Goethe's tragedy bearing his name, for the stage presentation of which Beethoven wrote music - an Overture and a good many incidental pieces, which all finely match the dramatic story. The Overture is full of the pride and heroism of Egmont.
A CONCERT VERSION
Lyrics by GERALD DODSON
Composed by MONTAGUE F. PHILLIPS
THE WIRELESS CHORUS
(Chorus-Master, STANFORD ROBINSON )
THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by THE COMPOSER
Lady Mary (The Rebel Maid):
Abigail (her maid):
Derek (Commander of the Rebel Cutter ' Curlew '):
Bunkle (An Innkeeper):
Lord Milverton (Derek's Father):
Solomon (Derek's Servant):
THE BIRMINGHAM STRING ORCHESTRA, conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
WRITING to his friend and benefactor, Madame von Meek, in 1880, Tchaikovsky said that his Muse had been very benevolent, for he had written two long works very rapidly. One was the ' 1812 ' Overture, of which he said, 'It has no great artistic value ' ; the other was the Serenade in C (his Op. 48), which, he says, ' on the contrary, I wrote from an inward impulse ; I felt it.' It was one of the works he conducted in London in 1888, when paying his first visit to this country.
The Serenade contains four Movements-a piece in ' First Movement' form, with themes of an old-world cast; a Waltz ; an Elegy, and a. Finale based on folk-tunes, one a hauling song of the Volga Boatmen, and the other a street song. We are to hear the last two Movements.
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