The Wireless Orchestra (Leader, S. Kneale Kelley). Conducted by Stanford Robinson. May Blyth (Soprano). Parry Jones (Tenor).
THE opening scene of Sadko is laid in the port of Novgorod where the assembly of merchants from many countries-Italy, India, Norway, and other lands, allows the Composer to introduce a great deal of ' 'local colour' as these people extol the beauties of their native countries. A Hindu merchant sings this placid, dreamy song.
With the Cantata The Prodigal Son, Debussy, at twenty-two, won the 'Prix de Rome.' In this song Lia, mother of the prodigal Azael, passionately laments his absence.
The Wireless Chorus with Orchestra
The story of the pleasure-loving Manon Lescaut and her lovers was written in 1763 by the Abbe Prevost. It was taken as the basis of an Opera by various composers â Halevy, Auber, Massenet, Puccini, and our own Balfe. Massenet's and Puccini's proved by far the most popular versions of the story. The music of Massenet's Opera, which was produced in 1884, is by turns charming and passionate.
Near the end of Act II, Manon's lover, des Grieux, sings of a dream in which he saw Manon in her cottage in a wood-a lovely maid, surrounded by all Nature's loveliness. Then the beautiful vision altered, and Manon was no longer there. The dream is prophetic, for, though he does not know it, in a few moments he and Manon are to be parted.
When des Grieux sings the second air we are to hear, Manon has gone to another lover, and des Grieux has determined to enter the priesthood. He renounces .the sweet joys of the past, and would dedicate himself to the religious life.
ORCHESTRA Overture to 'Tannhauser - Wagner
MAY BLYTH with Orchestra The Song of the Indian Merchant ('Sadko - Rimoky-Korsakoo
Lia's Air ('The Prodigal Son') - Debussy
Kermesse Scene from 'Faust' - Gounod
8.0 PARRY JONES with Orchestra Des Grieux' Dream ('Manon') - Massenet
Fuyez done, douce image (Fade then, fair vision) ('Manon') - Massenet
ORCHESTRA Dance of the Hours ('La Gioconda') - Ponchielli
8.20 MAY BLYTH, PARRY JONES, CHORUS and ORCHESTRA Choral Fantasia on 'Carmen' - Bizet, arr. Jacobson
MAY BLYTH and PARRY JONES Duet from 'Cavalleria Rusticana' - Mascagni
8.45 CHORUS and ORCHESTRA Polovtsian Dances from 'Prince Igor' - Borodin
A Comedy in three Acts by HAROLD CHAPIN
Played by the CARDIFF Station RADIO PLAYERS
Produced by ARTHUR BLANCH.
Incidental Music by the Station Trio
S.B. from Cardiff
TN her room on her husband's houseboat. the. Hyacinth, Betty Jones has retired to bed, one afternoon, with the full intention of staying there-a silent, injured heroine in a most becoming boudoir cap.
This is the outcome of a battle of words with a certain Mrs. Wister
(who lives on the houseboat next door), which had startled the neighbourhood that momiiig.
According to her very ' modern ' views, Betty has been fully justified, but a slight pricking of conscience, coupled with the excitement left from the fray, makes her pour out, together with a dish of tea, the whole shocking story to her friend, Alice Meyne !
Later, her husband comes in, and presently the inevitable result of her outburst brings Betty up on deck on one of the hottest evenings of a record summer.