The Station Orchestra
conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Molly on the Shore is the name of an old Irish reel, and the Composer has made his piece out of this and another reel, Temple Hill. His use of the Orchestra will be found to be vivid and highly coloured.
Nicolai's Opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor, was his last work, for he died two months after its production. This was in 1849, when the Composer was thirty-nine. On the Continent the Opera is still popular, but in England we hear nothing of it beyond the Overture, which, of course, is extremely popular.
Death and Life is one of a trilogy of Oratorios by Gounod, and Judex is one of it choral numbers. It transfers well to the instrumental form, being largely a serene, accompanied melody.
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