From page 84 of 'When Two or Three'
by GILBERT MILLS
The Church of the Messiah,
Directed by HENRY HALL
Directed by John Bridge
Conducted by TAL MORRIS
The Municipal Pavilion, Rhyl
A Vocal and Instrumental Recital
Levitski (pianoforte) : Sonata in A
Elena Gerhardt (mezzo-soprano):
Erlaube mir, Fenisliebchen (Allow me) (Brahms) ; Nachtigall (The Nightingale (Brahms) ; Standchen (Serenade) (Brahms)
Howard Jones (pianoforte) : Mazurka ;
Waltz; Waltz; Toccata (Five Piano Pieces (Delius)
Heinrich Schlusnus (baritone):
Zueignung (Devotion) (Strauss) ; Ich liebe dich (I love you) (Strauss)
Abram Chasins (pianoforte) : Fairy
and his ORCHESTRA
The Granada, Walthamstow
(Leader, A. Rossi )
Directed by Emilio Colombo
The Hotel Metropole, London
Directed by HENRY HALL
a summary of the week's news, by Commander STEPHEN KING-HALL
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
by LIZA LEHMANN
VERA SIDDONS (soprano)
GLADYS PALMER (contralto)
JOHN TURNER (tenor) GEORGE PIZZEY (bass)
B. WALTON O'DONNELL
TINA BONIFACIO (harp)
Second General News Bulletin
(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by LESLIE HEWARD
Early in his career Sibelius, looking round Europe for a peg on which to hang his inspiration, found none so suitable as the unoccupied one at hand in his native Finland. As a consequence his music has a personality and a .national tang that distinguishes it from many others, either classical or modern. It is music that is cultured without being cold, too democratic to be subservient to any school, and planted so deeply in the soil as to have its roots in earth common to every nation.
The symphony to be heard tonight is the sixth of the seven he has so far written, and was first performed at the Queen's Hall, under Sir Henry Wood , in November, 1926. It is scored for
. the ordinary symphony orchestra with the addition of a harp. In nature it is characteristically rugged and, as with all Sibelius's work, intensely economical in structure and in the use of thematic material.
In this sense it is more like the fourth than the fifth, and has not, perhaps for that reason, quite the same appeal to the average listener. We are beginning, however, as we know Sibelius better, to appreciate a temperament which speaks its own mind without reference to the susceptibilities of an audience whose tastes are studied more usually with perhaps a better discretion but with less honesty.
The composer, who is conducting his own work tonight, agrees that ' Quodlibet ', a title often used by composers of Virginal music, may be freely translated for his purpose by ' As you like it'. It is a Suite in five movements having a rough connection one with another. For example, the first movement, entitled Exposition, contains in concentrated form a string of motives on which the whole work is based. The second movement, called Studies, is divided into three short sections which lead one into another without a break. There is (a) Canon, slightly on academic lines, but imbued with humour, as, indeed, is the. whole suite ; (b) Dialogue, in which the clarinet and muted trumpet converse with the oboe and piccolo, (c) Scherzo, written more or less with a thought for the literal meaning of the title and in form rather like a game of leap-frog. The movement finishes with a brilliant piano arpeggio, the piano being used throughout the work as an orchestral instrument.
The third movement is the main section of the suite, and is called Recit, Air and Caprice. The title aptly describes the music of this movement, which plays for about twelve minutes. The fourth movement is called Plaint and is built up in verses like a song. In the first verse the 'cello has a solo to be played with ' exaggerated pathos ', in the second there is a saxophone solo, and in the third verse a solo by the sarrusophone-an instrument more like the old serpent than the bassoon. The music of the number; despite its satirised pathos, is in essence elegiac. The fifth movement, Bagatelle, is a jolly wind up to the suite. Its mqod is light, bustling and completely irresponsible.
Read by FELix AYLMER
HARRY Roy and his BAND
(North Regional Programme)
Shipping Forecast, on Daventry only, at 23.00 (11.0)