Directed by Frank Cantcll
Relayed from The West End Cinema, Birmingham
Relayed from The Savoy Hotel
(Leader, Thomas Matthews )
Conductor, HORACE FELLOWES
The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
Conductor, KARL ELMENDORFF
Scene : The interior of Hunding's Hut
Relayed from The Festspielhaus,
(In co-operation with the Reichs-Rundfunk-Gesellschaft, Berlin)
Siegmund, wounded and flying from his enemies, has come to the hut of Hunding, in the forest. There he finds Sieglinde, who gives him shelter, in which Hunding, returning later, acquiesces with surly hospitality. Hunding learns that Siegmund is of the family of the Volsungs, and therefore a sworn enemy.
After the three have eaten, Hunding and Sieglinde retire, but Sieglinde stealthily returns. She recognises in Siegmund her deliverer, and points out to him a'sword, deeply embedded in a tree-trunk by the god Wotan, whose children Siegmund and Sieglinde are, by a mortal woman. Nobody has since been able to draw it out. Siegmund, however, finds the strength to do so, to the great joy of Sieglinde, who now recognises her mate. After an impassioned duet Siegmund carries Sieglinde off with him into the forest. Act III is to be broadcast in the Regional
Programme at 20.25 (8.25 p.m.)
The third Act begins with the Ride of the Valkyries, the Warrior Maidens. They gather on their grim rock. Each of them has a slain hero across her saddle whom she is bearing to Valhalla, but when Briinnhilde, the last to come, reaches the rock, it is Sieglinde whom she is carrying.
To explain why, it is necessary to know what has happened in the second act. Wotan, whose interest in the fugitives is paternal, has, however, been persuaded by his wife, Fricka, that such a union is unnatural, and to agree that Hunding must be victorious in his coming fight with Siegmund. Reluctantly, Wotan instructs his favourite daughter Brtinnhilde to contrive that Siegmund shall be slain, even though it be against her inclination as a Valkyrie. However, Briinnhilde, out of compassion for the lovers, disobeys his orders. Wotan therefore has himself to deal with both Siegmund and Hunding, whom he slays. At the end of Act II he is in hot pursuit of his disobedient daughter.
To.return to the third act : Briinnhilde now hides Sieglinde in the forest. Wotan, filled with fury, has reached the Valkyrie's Rock, and confronts Briinnhilde. After an impassioned scene, in which he is induced to lighten his daughter's punishment by making it possible for a hero to effect her deliverance, he proceeds to send her into a long sleep. True to his word, he rings the rock round with an almost impassable barrier of fire, and taking a long and sorrowful farewell of his erring daughter, he leaves her, descending through the fire to the valley below.
Weather Forecast, First General News Bulletin and Bulletin for Farmers
By CYRIL SMITH
The compositions of Adolf Henselt (1814-1889) are now not so frequently heard as they were some years ago. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Henselt was held in great regard, not only as a pianist whom Schumann and others acclaimed as one of the greatest, but as a composer whose work ranked close to Chopin's and Liszt's. Whether or no that estimation still holds, a great deal of Henselt deserves to be better known by the present generation and more widely played. His two sets, each of twelve studies, are lyrical pieces of considerable musical value.
Henselt visited England, but although
Bavarian by birth, his life was spent mostly in Russia as Court pianist, and j in other posts. 1
La Campanella is one of three studies having a high sounding title which, I translated, practically means ' tremendously difficult studies on certain themes composed by Paganini'. This theme, on which Liszt has improvised, is one used by the redoubtable .Paganini in his second Violin Concerto and known usually as La Clochette de Paganini. By itself, it is rather an absurd little tune; but both Paganini and Liszt did extraordinary things with it. Of the difficulty of Liszt's version of it, there is no reasonable doubt left in the mind of the listener after hearing a performance of it.
Conductor, KARL ELMENDORFF
Scene, The Valkyries' Rock
The Festspielhaus, Bayreuth
! (In co-operation with the Reichs-
Directed by HENRY HALL
Second General News Bulletin
JACK JACKSON and his BAND
Relayed from The May Fair Hotel