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: The Midland Studio Orchestra

Directed by FRANK CANTELL
(Midland Regional Programme)

Contributors

Directed By: Frank Cantell

: An Organ Recital

by G. D. CUNNINGHAM
From THE TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM
(Midland Regional Programme)

Contributors

Unknown: G. D. Cunningham

: THE NORTHERN STUDIO ORCHESTRA

Directed by JOHN BRIDGH
(North Regional Programme)

Contributors

Directed By: John Bridgh

: 'The First News'

WEATHER FORECAST, FIRST GENERAL NEWS
BULLETIN ; London Stock Exchange Report and Bulletin for Farmers

: THE B.B.C. DANCE ORCHESTRA

Directed by HENRY HALL

Contributors

Directed By: Henry Hall

: Act I of Wagner's 'Tristan and Isolda'

From THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT
GARDEN
PRELUDE and ACT I
On the Deck of Tristan's Ship
Conductor, Sir THOMAS BEECHAM
Cast :
WHEN the first production of Tristan and Isolda at Vienna was decided upon, the opera was put into rehearsal. The singers, however, particularly the tenor, could not make headway with what was for those days-and still is-difficult music, and after fifty-seven rehearsals the production was definitely abandoned. Wagner tried other opera houses, Carlsruhe, Prague, and Weimar, but nothing came of the negotiations. It was largely Wagner's own fault —his terms were too high. On the other hand, it was difficult even for the successful composer to live on opera. As he said, ' My operas were to be heard right and left, but I could not live on the proceeds.' But at least Wagner attempted to make the most of his advantage; he negotiated on the plan that opera houses could give Tannhatiser, for example, if they paid well for it and took Tristan as well. It was of no use; opera houses decided they would, in that case, dispense with Tannhäuser. So Wagner had to wait till the King of Bavaria became his patron before the opera was finally produced at Munich in 1865. Even then Wagner was not ont of the wood. The one tenor in Europe (Ludwig Schnorr ) who was competent to tackle the rôle suddenly and inconsiderately died within a month of the production and it took the composer four more years to find another.

Contributors

Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
Unknown: Ludwig Schnorr
The Steersman: Parry Jones
Isolda: Frida Leider
Brangane: Maria Olczewska
Kurwenal: Herbert Janssen
Tristan: Lauritz Melchior

: The B.B.C. Orchestra

(Section E)
(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by PERCY PITT
ARTHUR COX (Tenor)

Contributors

Unknown: Marie Wilson
Conducted By: Percy Pitt

: ' The Second News'

WEATHER FORECAST, SECOND GENERAL NEWS
BULLETIN

: DANCE MUSIC

JACK HARRIS 'S BAND, from GROSVENOR House.
PARK LANE

Contributors

Unknown: Jack Harris








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