Relayed from TilE QUEEN'S HALL, LONDON
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappdl and Co., Ltd.)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
NORMAN ALLIN and Orchestra
IT is almost impossible to make head or tail of the story of Mozart's Magic Flute. Various interpretations have been put upon it, including that of symbolic freemasonry.
'O Isis and Osiris' is sung by Sarastro, who is the High Priest of Isis. Tamino, an Egyptian prince, has with him Papageno. a bird-catcher, who is the comic character of the opera. Tamino and Papageno are having a good deal of trouble in rescuing Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. Sarastro, who seems friendly towards the prince, expresses in this recitative the pious hope that the prince will fulfil his purpose. In the aria which follows he declaims that his temple is a hallowed dwelling, from the fact that therein revenge and sorrow ceases, and the weary heart is no longer troubled. Were the whole plot to be given here, not much more sense could be gleaned from it than can from this brief note.
CYRIL SMITH and Orchestra
Pianoforte Concerto. No. 1, in C
1. Allegro con brio ; 2. Largo ; 3. Rondo : Allegro scherzando
MARGARET BALFOUR and Orchestra
In questa tomba Creation's Hymn
THIS poem, 'In questa tomba,' by Carpani, appears to have been the subject of friendly rivalry between a number of musicians, all of whom set the poem to music. Beethoven's was the sixty-third and last, and, of course, the only one that has survived.
The poem is sombre. It is merely the wail of a woman who has been deceived in love apostrophizing a tomb where she would wish to be buried, left alone, and forgotten. It is difficult to conceive how any one of the sixty-three competitors could have been in the least moved by it.
THE words of ' Creation's Hymn ' are very difforent from the one above. They express quite simply the wonders of the sea, the earth, and the sky, the work of the Creator. The whole effect, simple though both words and music seem to be, is one of great majesty.
Symphony No. 7, in A
1. Poco sostenuto, Vivace; 2. Allegretto; 3. Presto ; 4. Finale : Allegro con brio