Relayed from tho Central Hall, Bristol
Introit, ' Jesus, stand among us ' Scripture Reading
Hymn, ' Earthly Pleasures vainly call me' Anthem
Hymn, ' Man of Sorrows, what a name Address, The Rev. J. A. BROADBELT
Hymn, ' Have you any room for Jesus ?' Benediction
THE NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF WALES
(Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Cymru)
Leader, ALBERT VOORSAÑGER
Conducted by WARWICK BRAITHWAITE
MENDELSSOHN furnished his setting of the fifty-fifth Psalm with a full-sized orchestral prelude in the manner of the symphonies which stand at the head of older oratorios. It begins with a slow, majestic introduction.trombones alone announcing the theme which is in some sense a motto to the whole work, the same tune to which the voices afterwards sing the words, ' All that has life and breath, sing to the Lord.' This introduction leads without a break into the first chief movement of the symphony, a bold, quick movement in which tho first leaping theme is heard at once. The motto theme has a large say in the course of it, and the second main tune is of a calmer character, like one of Mendelssohn's songs. It comes to an end with a brief return of the majestic opening, and then there is a dainty allegretto with the 'cellos beginning the tune. The flow of the movement is interrupted by a little emphatic section, and after a return of the first flowing tune, a solemn religious movement follows, in which the strings have the melody first. It is a joyous movement, although cast in a dignified and imposing mould. As Mendelssohn wrote it, the Symphony leads without a real break into th first big chorus, but is of itself quite long and important enough to stand alone as a separate piece.
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