Belayed from the National Museum of Wales
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
ERNST VON DOHNANYI was only twenty when he made his first appearance as a concert pianist, stepping at once into the very front rank of executants. A year later, having won laurels in all the principal music centres of Germany and Austria-Hungary, he appeared with no less success in this country, and, in 1899, m the United States. As a composer he was known at first by his fresh and attractive music for his own instrument ; for a good many years, however, he has bean steadily gaining wider recognition as a composer of orchestral and chamber music, and latterly of music for the stage. Although making comparatively little use of actual folk tunes, most of his music is strongly characteristic of his native Hungary; it is all distinguished not only by very able craftsmanship, but by a genuine gift of invention, flavoured with a happy sense of laughter. His Variations on a Nurscry
Tone are alreadv popular m the best sense, alike with pianists and with audiences.
The pantomime from which this Wedding Waltz is taken made its first appearance on the Dresden stage in 1910.
Relayed from the Assembly Room, City Hall
NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES (Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
MASSENET'S opera, Herodiade, though founded on the Biblical story of John the Baptist and Herod, takes considerable liberties with the original. When it was produced at Covent Garden in London, the authorities insisted on some changes in the names of the personages and in the setting. The story is even more grim in its tragedy than in the Bible version, but Massenet music is, as always, melodious and effective.
In this beautiful air, taken from the second act, Herod is singing of a vision of Salome which never leaves his thoughts by day nor by night.
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