Led by Marie Wilson
Conducted by JULIAN CLIFFORD
DENISE LASSIMONNE (pianoforte)
This Suite was composed during the period which gave us L'Heure Espagnolc, the Spanish Rhapsody, the Valses nobles et sentimentales, and Daphnis and Chloe. Originally six pieces for pianoforte, orchestrated later, the Suite is an act of homage to Ravel's illustrious ancestor in the music of France, and while all its themes are characteristic of the great Couperin's manner, their presentation is characteristic of Ravel's charm of subtlety. Cherubini's long life overlapped those of the great Bach's sons and of Tchaikovsky, thus linking up nearly two centuries of music. His own work covered almost as wide a field as that long period suggests, and it is all immensely dignified and sincere, singularly free from any mannerisms or of pandering to the popular taste of his age. Anacreon was an Opera Ballet in two acts, produced at the Paris Opera in October, 1803. Only the splendid overture is now known.
Ivy FRANCES KLEIN (mezzo-soprano)
ERNEST LUSH (pianoforte)
Writing of the Villa d'Este in his book on Liszt, Sacheverell Sitwell points out that ' it is one of the three or four most beautiful gardens in the world. Perhaps there are only Caprarola and Villa Lante to compare with it. The view of the Roman campagna from the Terrace is the landscape of Claude made permanent and limitless, while the giant cypresses in the garden and the voices of all the waters could not be improved upon for poetry and music. It was amid this enchantment that he grew into o!d age, and it is certain that he worked more at the Villa d'Este than anywhere else in those years.'
So powerfully did these beautiful surroundings affect Liszt that just before he died he wrote seven pieces that were directly inspired by his life at the Villa d'Este. These pieces form the third volume of the Annees de Pelerinage which he wrote forty years previously. Les Jeux d'Eaux a la Villa d'Este is the fourth of this series of pieces and one of the most perfect examples of Liszt's piano music. Unlike the popular conception of Liszt's piano style, it is very restrained and contains no attempt to exploit virtuosity. It is interesting to note that particularly from a harmonic point of view, it anticipates the devices of impressionism.
with DON CARLOS (tenor)
Leader, MONTAGUE BREARLEY
From The Studio
Conducted by the Rev. W. H. DRUMMOND , D.D., LL.D., an International Secretary of the World Alliance for Promoting Friendship through the Churches
Order of Service
Introductory Prayer The Lord's Prayer
Hymn, Fill Thou my Life, 0 Lord, my
God (S.P. 492 ; A. and M. 705)
Lesson, St. Luke iv, 14-30. Romans viii,
The Magnificat Prayers
Hymn, Love Divine, all loves excelling
(S.P. 573 ; A. and M. 520)
Address by the Rev. W. H. DRUMMOND ,
Hymn, Hark the glad sound (S.P. 62 ;
A. and M. 53)
Rev. W. H.
Rev. W. H.
An Appeal on behalf of THE PLAISTOW MATERNITY HOSPITAL
AND DISTRICT NURSES HOME, by VIOLET VANBRUGH
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THE B.B.C. ORCHESTRA
Conducted by FRANK BRIDGE