The Station Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Lewis
'Ooberon,' Weber's last Opera, was written for performance at Covent Garden (1826).
Its brilliant and romantic Overture was actually composed in London, where the Composer died two months later.
In the slow Introduction (quite short) we hear -
(1) The Magic horn of Oberon, the King of the Fairies.
(2) A light-footed passage (Flutes and Clarinets), suggesting the movements of his subjects.
(3) A march passage and then a loud chord which ends the Introduction and ushers in the main body of the Overture
The pace now changes, and at a very rapid speed we hear (4) the First Main Tune of the Overture (quick and fiery). It is given to the First Violins, with chords by all the other instruments punctuating it. It is taken from a quartet in the opera 'Over the Dark Blue Waters.'
(5) Soon comes another call upon Oberon's Horn, followed by the light Fairy Music, and then the Second Main Tune (on the Clarinet) - the graceful Mermaid's Song of the Opera.
(6) Immediately after this comes a beautiful Violin tune, taken from the well-known song in the Opera, ' Ocean, Thou Mighty Monster.'
GEOFFREY DAMS (Tenor) and Orchestra GRANVILLE BANTOCK (a Londoner, born 1868) has much vocal music to his credit - large-scale Choral works (some with Full Orchestra), Part Songs and Folk Song settings. and Solo Songs (some of these with Orchestra). Evening and the Hymn to Aphrodite are from his Songs of Sappho. March of the Gnomes; Silent Night; Dance of the Chinese Doll; Dance of the Clowns