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Chorus of La Scala, Milan, and Milan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by CAV. LORENZO MOLAJOLI
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Directed by John MacArthur
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(Led by MARIE WILSON )
Conducted by ELDRIDGE NEWMAN
ROSSINI'S opéra-bouffe, The Barber of Seville, is composed to a libretto based on Beaumarchais's play; the earliest one of three in which so many famous characters appear, of whom the most important are Figaro, the Count, and Rosina, afterwards to become the Countess. In this opera, however, Rosina is still a young girl, the ward of Dr. Bartolo, and is being wooed under difficulties by Count Almaviva. As the Count is anxious to see more of the charming girl he is in love with, and as she is clearly anxious to escape from her irksome guardianship, he plots to achieve his purpose.
In the first scene of Act 1 he is in the garden of Dr. Bartolo's house serenading Rosina beneath her balcony. Figaro, the most celebrated barber in Seville, and a useful ally in any intrigue, comes up at this moment, and is successfully drawn into the service of Almaviva. The act closes with Rosina appearing on the balcony and dropping a letter to her lover. The next scene is in the room of Dr. Bartolo's house. Figaro is already acting as a go-between. He brings Rosina a message from the Count and receives from her a letter in return ; the Count is, however, impatient and he 'presently forces his way into the house disguised as a drunken soldier. But Dr. Bartolo penetrates the disguise and has him arrested, though he quickly orders his release when he realises that the intruder is a Grandee of Spain.
Act 2, which is not to be broadcast, completes, in a maze of intrigue and comedy, one of the funniest and most perfect comic operas ever written.
(To be given before an audience in the Concert Hall, Broadcasting House)
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A Section cf the LONDON SYMPHONY
(Led by GEORGE STRATTON )
Conducted by EDWARD CLARK
HENRY DIXON COWELLwas born in California in 1S97, where he is now living. He. has had numerous performances of his works in America, and here and there in -Europe, but this is probably the first performance of. any importance of a work of his in London.
VIRGIL THOMSON is a native of Kansas
City, born in 1896. He spent a good deal of time in France, which makes him none the less an American composer. A very great deal of his work is for Chamber Music, although he has written an opera entitled Four Saints in Three Acts, on a text by Gertrude Stein , which was performed recently in New York.
EDGAR VARÈSE was born in Paris in 1885 and lives in Paris ; none the less, so much of his active musical life has been spent in America and in the interests of American music that the claim for him to be included among American composers has point. His music is discussed on page 794.
ADOLF WEISS was born ih Baltimore, in 1891, and now lives in New York.
He studied, however, in Berlin and was, at one time, a pupil of Schonberg.
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