Conducted by PERCY PITT
PAUL HERMANN (Violoncello)
PAUL HERMANN , already known to the B.B.C.'s listeners as one of the most brilliant among the younger 'cellists of to-day, is introducing a concerto which is, if we mistake not. new to this country. It is one of the most difficult solo instruments for which to write concertos, so apt is it to be overwhelmed by the volume of orchestral tone ; the difficulty has not often been successfully overcome, and for practical purposes the 'cellist's repertoire is so limited that an addition to it is warmly welcomed. Jacques Ibert , born in Paris in 1890, followed in the foot-steps of some of his most illustrious fellow countrymen by winning the Prix de Rome, the highest award open to French students of music. A,very sound and thoroughly equipped craftsman, he has won renown chiefly as a composer in delicate and sensitive tones : in the refinement of his music it is easy to trace some affinity with Ravel's.
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