STATION ORCHESTRA: Conductor, JOSEPH LEWIS
Nearly a hundred years ago (ninety-seven, to be exact) Mendelssohn and his friend Klingemann, having finished for the season with London Concerts, balls, and parties, set out to spend the rest of the summer in a holiday fashion in Scotland. Naturally, they visited the Hebrides. When, after his holiday, Mendelssohn returned to his Berlin home, and was asked by his sisters what were his impressions of the Hebrides, he answered: "They are not to be described; only played about"; and he sat down at the piano and played the opening of the Fingal's Cave, or Hebrides, Overture.
What we are now to hear, then, is a visual and poetic impression put into tone.
VIOLET JACKSON (Soprano) and Orchestra
THIS is one of Mozart's lost three great Symphonies, which are generally considered his finest. All three were written within six weeks. The Orchestra is not a large one, employing only one Flute, two Clarinets, two Bassoons, two Horns, two Trumpets, two Kettledrums, and the usual Strings. It consists of four Movements.
I.Slow. The First Movement opens with a moderately long Introduction, mostly made out of the first two bars. It is alternately loud and soft. Soon there is a soft, smooth phrase for Flute, Bassoon, Horns, First Violins, and String Bass , then two quiet detached chords, and the Movement proper (Quick) begins. The First Main Tune, simple, expressive, and melodious, is given mainly to the Strings, first in the treble, then in the bass. This ends in a loud flourish in the full Orchestra. At length there comes a sudden lull, with which starts the Second Main Tune, again quiet and expressive, but in several phrases, Violins and Woodwind answering one another. This in turn ends in a big climax.
The rest of the Movement is very clear, these Tunes being developed and recapitulated in the usual way.
II. Moving at a steady pace. This Movement is similar in form to the First. Trumpets and Drums are silent throughout.
The Two Main Tunes arc given out respectively by Strings alone, and by Bassoon and Clarinet.
III. Moderately Quick. This is one of the best known of all Mozart's tunes. It is written in accordance, with the usual Minuet plan - (a) The Tune repeated; (b) Development and Repetition of the Tune; (c) Repetition of (b).
A Trio follows, exactly the same in form; in it Clarinets have most of the work.
The Minuet is finally repeated without its sectional repetitions.
IV. Quick. This is a very merry Movement - quite skittish, in fact. Almost the whole Movement grows out of the jolly tune which is heard at the beginning, on the First Violins,
Overture, ' Fingal's Cave - Mendelssohn
Aria, Una Voco Poco Fa ' (The Barber of Seville) - Rossini
MAURICE COLE (Solo Pianoforte) Ballade - Brahms
Quand il Pleut - Pouishnoff
Magic Fire Spell (Firo Music from ' The Valkyrie ') - Wagner-Brassin
ORCHESTRA Symphony, No. 39, in E Flat - Mozart
A Christmas Carol - Malcolm Davidson
To One who Passed Whistling - Armstrong Gibbs
Villanelle Dell' - Acqua
ORCHESTRA Suite. Four Fancies The Serenade ; The First Meeting ; The Trysting Place ; The Happy Ending - Somerville
MAURICE COLE Waltz in A, Op. 34 - Chopin
Fantaisie Impromptu in C Sharp Minor - Chopin
Scherzo in B Flat Minor - Chopin
ORCHESTRA Marc ho Hongroise (Faust) - Berlioz