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: A Symphony Concert

The National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Lohengrin, a Knight of the Grail, comes to the rescue of a royal maiden Elsa, who is under a terrible accusation. They are married, but under condition that Elsa never asks Lohengrin who he is and whence he comes. Elsa is instigated by her enemies (who darkly hint that Lohengrin is a sorcerer) to put the fatal question. Lohengrin answers, in the song now to be heard, and departs for ever.

Dr. Joseph Haydn makes a familiar name look a little strange. Honorary degrees for composers were not so common in Haydn's day as now. He was 'capped' by the University of Oxford in 1791, and chose this work (not a new one) for the performance which then accompanied the ceremony.
It is the very best Haydn - clear, spontaneous, and full of geniality. There are four Movements, the Second (Slow) one being an Air with Variations, some of them so free that at times the tune practically disappears.


Musicians: The National Orchestra of Wales
Conductor: Warwick Braithwaite

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