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: An Orchestral Concert

Relayed from the National Museum of Wales

National Orchestra of Wales

Mendelssohn's Overture, more than any other of his works, presents him to us as a veritable 'Peter Pan' of music, who definitely refused to grow up. It had its birth in the garden of the house in Berlin, to which the family had just moved in Mendelssohn's seventeenth year, the same garden in which so much fine music was afterwards finely played. And though the work of a mere boy, it is in every way which matters, masterly music. But it is its grace and charm, its clear freshness of open spaces, with something of the warm glamour of summer nights, the mischief of Puck, and the boisterous mirth of the Clowns' Dance, which the listener recognizer, rather than the skill with which the work is built. As has been well said of it, 'Shakespeare himself has not more magic at command to transport us from the noise of cities and the chill of wind-swept streets'. The principal themes are those which illustrate the Shakespeare play in the way suggested above.
Seventeen years later, Mendelssohn composed the remaining numbers for the play, recapturing the same fresh youthful spirit which had inspired the Overture; it would be easy to believe, did we not know the facts, that all the numbers were written at the same time and with the same wholehearted boyish enthusiasm.
(to 14.00)


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales

: The Station Trio

E. Emlyn Davies (Baritone)
Selected Songs

E. Emlyn Davies
Selected Songs

This comparatively slight work of John Ireland's presents no difficulty at all to the listener; from beginning to end it is frankly melodious and its themes are all good-going tunes which are easily remembered. There are four sections, although the work is played without a break. The 'cello begins the first with a fine broad melody which the violin afterwards takes up. It is heard more than once at later stages of the Trio, notably in the third section, which is largely a repetition of the first. The second is the only slow part, and the last is very lively.


Baritone: E. Emlyn Davies

: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

Relayed from the Carlton Restaurant


Musicians: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

: S.B. from London

(9.30 Local Announcements)

(to 23.00)

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