The Queen's Hall, London
USole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Lid.)
ARTHUR FEAR (bass-baritone)
THE B.B.C. SYMPHONY
(Principal violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
A Faust Overture
ARTHUR FEAR AND ORCHESTRA
Aria, The Term is past (The Flying
The Flying Dutchman's ghostly ship with its blood-red sails, and manned by a spectral crew, has mysteriously come into port at the heels of a storm, and the Dutchman steps ashore. He now sings of the curse that is laid upon him. Once, long ago, he defied Hell itself to prevent him rounding the Cape in the teeth of a gale, and Hell took him at his word. He is, consequently, doomed to sail the seas for ever, and only once every seven years can he land in the hope of seeking redemption by finding a woman who will love him and be faithful even in death.
A term of seven years has passed, but despair is upon him. For a seeming eternity he has sought by every means to die or be destroyed at sea, but death is denied him. He prays passionately for a hint of the promised redemption, but without hope, and prays instead for death and oblivion. With a final despairing abandon, he utters a mad curse upon the world.
Prelude, Act III (Tristan and Isolda) (Cor anglais solo, TERENCE MACDONAGH ) Siegfried's Journey to the Rhine
Tristan, seriously wounded by Melot for his treachery to King Mark, has been put on a ship by Kurvenal and brought to Brittany. There he lies overcome with pain and despair, hoping against hope for Isolda to come to him. This is the Prelude to the Act which opens on such a scene, and it is full of the melancholy that obsesses the mind of Tristan. A shepherd has been set to watch the arrival of a ship, and as he gazes out to sea, he plays on his pipe a poignant melody. On this the curtain rises.
In Wagner's opera, it is the morning after Siegfried the Fearless has made his way through the Ring of Fire about the sleeping Brunnhilde, to claim her as his bride. To fulfil his destiny he must leave her in search of new adventures, and she gives him her horse Grane. The first theme heard in this extract is the motive of Briinnhilde's love for Siegfried, and this grows in strength and vigour to become a great salute to the Morning Sun. The Walkyrie motive is used at the point where Grane is given to Siegfried, and a little later, when we hear the sound of Siegfried's horn, he is making his way down the slopes to the Rhine. There is a reminder of the Fire Music as he passes j through the flames again. The motives of the Rhine itself and of the Ring can be heard, as well as a hint of the grim Hagen who plays so sinister a part in the story.
TATIANA MAKUSHINA AND ORCHESTRA
Kundry's Song, Herzcleide (Parsifal)
Bridal Procession (Lohengrin)
ARTHUR FEAR AND ORCHESTRA
Recit. and Aria, 0 Star of Eve (Tannhauser)
Wagner's opera Rienzi, based on Bulwer Lytton 's novel, was sketched out in 1838 and received its first performance at Dresden in 1842. The overture is based on several of the chief themes in ! the opera, such as Rienzi's prayer, which is announced after the short and solemn introduction ; the cry of the Romans for freedom (Act i), which is heard in the commencement of the allegro and is followed by the theme of the ' Sancto Spirito Cavaliere ' (Act 3) on the trombones ; and lastly, the theme of the finale of Act 2, which is dance-like in character. This material is then developed with considerable vitality and richness of orchestral colour.
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