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: A Light Orchestral Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales

Liadov (1855-1914) was one of the Russian 'nationalists' who liked to base their works on their country's legends and tales, and who kept apart from the main stream of European music in the latter half of last century. The Enchanted Lake may be any remote pace where fairies and water-sprites disport.

'Overture' may signify a concert piece that is meant to stand alone, although the word suggests that a stage piece or some other long work is to follow. The Carnival Overture is an example. It is one of three works originally intended by Dvorak to be movements of a Symphony, and afterwards called 'Overtures'. This one was evidently to supply the 'Scherzo' or bright movement of the Symphony.
High spirits are its prevailing note. The title's suggestion of youth's eager enjoyment fits it perfectly. It is full of open-air feeling, and one may easily imagine a scene of masks, gay costumes, Chinese lanterns, and confetti-with a quiet corner somewhere for tender conversation.
(to 14.00)

: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

relayed from the Carlton Restaurant


Musicians: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

: Sir Thomas Beecham: The Imperial League of Opera

S.B. from Manchester


Speaker: Sir Thomas Beecham

: The Vicar of Wakefield

Selections from the Romantic Light Opera by Liza Lehmann

Liza Lehmann has told how she had long been attracted by the operatic possibilities of Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield, and how, in 1906, David Bispham, the distinguished American singer, encouraged her to write a work on that subject, he to sing the part of the Vicar. Laurence Housman wrote the libretto, and Liza Lehmann's husband, Herbert Bedford, orchestrated her music.
Besides Bispham the cast included Isabel Jay as Olivia, Edith Clegg as Sophia, Richard Temple as Burehell, and Walter Hyde as Squire Thornhill.
The Station Repertory Choir
The Station Orchestra
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Act I
Introduction and Opening Chorus: 'We're all going down to the Fair'
Song (Soprano): 'To-morrow'
Song (Contralto): 'The Blackbird'
Duet (Soprano and Baritone): 'Go Fortune, Fortune turn they wheel'
Duet (Soprano and Tenor): 'Rose and Lily'
Chorus: 'What have I got at the fair?'
Quartet: 'Haste not to end the day so soon'
Act II
Chorus of Reapers: 'Now that Autumn's golden days are ending'
Song (Tenor): 'There are birds in the valley'
Song (Soprano): 'Prince Charming'
Burlesque Scena (Baritone): 'The Mad Dog'
Chorus: 'Sunset is calling'
Love Scene (Soprano and Tenor)
Finale (Baritone)
Chorus: 'When the wild-rose hedge has blossomed.'
Duet (Soprano and Baritone)
Song (Contralto): 'Honey lies in the comb'
Recit. and Song (Baritone) with Carol
Song (Soprano): 'When lovely woman'
Recit. and Song (Tenor)
Final Chorus: 'Up with the mistletoe'

(to 23.00)


Composer: Liza Lehmann
Singers: The Station Repertory Choir
Musicians: The Station Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Warwick Braithwaite
Olivia: Mavis Bennett (soprano)
Sophia: Esther Coleman (contralto)
Squire Thonihilt: Eric Greene (tenor)
The Vicar: Roy Henderson (baritone)

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