Relayed from the National Museum of Wales
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
WEBER, commissioned to write a now Opera for a Vienna theatre (because of the success of his Frceshooter), tried several plots, discarding them for the work of an eccentric woman author, Helmina von Chczy (who was largely responsible for the failure of Schubert's Rosamunde, for which she wrote a muddled libretto).
Together they selected a plot from a thirteenth-century tale of chivalry, full of ghosts, fairies and such-like legendary folk. The work did not hold the stage ; its libretto was too silly even for those days.
The Overture strikes the notes of chivalry and mystery. According to Weber's characteristic plan, it contains fragments of the Opera's leading airs.
DELIUS' is an idyllic, truly dream-like picture in sound of a mid-day warmth more intense than we enjoy in England when the cuckoo arrives.