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: A Symphony Concert

Relayed from the Assembly Room, City Hall
National Orchestra of Wales
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Leader, Albert Voorsanger
Conducted by Warwick Braithwaite

Few modern operas have scored so immediate a success as this of Gustav Hoist's, which the British National Opera Company have included regularly in their repertoire almost since it was produced.
This ballet is taken from the beginning of the opera. On the stage a magician is busy with his uncanny rites at night, and calls upon spirits of the underworld to help him. The music begins with an Introduction which leads into the Dance of the Spirits of the Earth. From them the wizard demands a cup in which he may mix his magic draught. An interesting feature of this dance is the constant, steadily-moving bass. Its second section changes to a rhythm of seven in the bar.
After the Spirits of the Earth, the Spirits of Water are called up, the magician commanding them to fill his cup with 'sweetest essence of love, distilled from ether.' Their dance is the next number, and the last is the dance of the Spirits of Fire. These the magician bids to stay within his cup, 'burning, blasting, scourging.'


Musicians: National Orchestra of Wales
Orchestra leader: Albert Voorsanger
Orchestra conducted by: Warwick Braithwaite

: The Test Kiss

A Comedy in One Act by Keble Howard
Monica calls Jack a Philistine because he suggests that, as an ending to a novel, to kiss is more jolly than to go out into the darkness -alone. Monica is a widow and Jack is a faithful if somewhat inarticulate lover. She tells him that she will be compelled to drop him if he shows signs of falling in love with her, and Jack produces a clinical thermometer and a stethoscope to keep himself at the correct state of mental and physical stability.


Author: Keble Howard
Monica: Flora McDowell
Jack: Ivor Maddox

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