Relayed from the Queen's Hall
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
Sir HENRY WOOD and his SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ASTRA DESMOND (Contralto)
Eric GREENE (Tenor)
ADILA FAOHIRI and JELLY D'ARANYI (Solo
ROBERT MURCHIE (Flute)
ROBERT MURCHIE, with Orchestra
Suite No. 2, in B Minor, for Flute and Strings 'Bach
1. OVERTURE. A slow Introduction ushers in a fugal Movement.
II. RONDEAU. (Quick.) One tune recurs several times, alternating with contrasting passages.
III. SARABANDE. A stately dance, in two halves, each repeated.
IV. BOURRÉES I and II. Each Bourree is a lively dance, also in two repeated halves. In the Second Bourree the Flute comes quietly to the front. The First Bourree is repeated after the Second.
V. POLONAISE. A graceful dance at a moderate pace (not the type of Polonaise that Chopin wrote). A ' 'Double' or Variation follows, in which the Flute becomes very agile. This Tune is now in the Bass.
VI. MINUET. This is the earlier form of Minuet-in two repeated halves, like the other dance-pieces in this Suite.
VII. BADINERIE (i.e. Pleasantry '). A bit of high-spirited skipping music, of Bach's jolliest brand.
THIS is a collection of six Bach pieces, nearly all taken from his music for keyboard instruments. Sir Henry Wood has scored these pieces for modem orchestra, but in doing so, he has tried to adhere faithfully throughout to the spirit of the original.
The First Piece is the Third Prelude from the '48.' The Second is a Lament from the Caprice on the Departure of a Beloved Brother. The Third is from a Partita. The Fourth is from the Sixth English Suite. The Fifth is another Prelude from the ' 48.' The Sixth is the Prelude from the Third Partita for Solo Violin, of which Sir Henry Wood has provided a brilliant modern orchestral version.