(Led by LAURANCE TURNER )
Conducted by LESLIE WOODGATE
RAYMOND NEWELL (baritone)
THE DISTINGUISHED French actor and playwright Sacha Guitry, probably better known to London audiences than any of his living stage compatriots, wrote a play depicting an episode in the life of Mozart. The part of the youthful Mozart was charmingly played by Guitry's wife, Yvonne Printemps, and the incidental music was composed by Reynaldo Hahn. Mozart has been played in London by Sacha Guitry and Yvonne Printemps on more than one of their visits.
ANDRÉ MESSAGER, who died five years ago at the good old age of seventy-six, was for long a familiar figure in the London musical world, apart from the successful productions here of some of his best light operas. We remember his Little Michus and Véronique ; and his ballet The Tzco Pigeons is often heard as orchestral music. But besides composing, he did distinguished work as conductor, too, not only in Paris, but in London. For some six years he was Artistic Director at Covent Garden Opera House, conducting many of the important operas. Monsieur Beaucaire, the last of his operas heard in London, began a run at Prince's Theatre in the spring of 1919, with Maggie Teyte as prima-donna.
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