Bloomsbury Central Church
Order of Service
Hymn, Praise to the Holiest in the Height (Rv. B.C.H. 67; A. and M. 172)
Invocation and Lord's Prayer Lesson
Prayers of Intercession
Hymn, Our Blest Redeemer (Rv.
B.C.H. 185 ; A. and M. 207)
Address by the Rev. F. TOWNLEY
LORD, D.D. Hymn, The day Thou gavest, Lord, is ended (Rv. B.C.H. 608; A. and M. 477)
Organist, PERCY A. HILLS
THE B B C ORCHESTRA
Leader, ARTHUR CATTERALL
Conducted by PAU CASALS
If the tragic C minor Symphony was a great success, the D major with its happier and more idyllic feelings was an even greater one. The enthusiasm it aroused made it necessary for the light-footed and graceful third movement to be repeated. And this is a curious fact, because today the Second Symphony is often found by new
Brahms converts to be the least approachable and expressive of the four symphonies. Yet although conceived on just as big a scale as the C minor Symphony, the texture of the music is actually, very much clearer, the melodies more cantabile in character and the whole spirit of the music brighter-it has been called Brahms's
Despite the fact that Brahms's four symphonies differ from each other both in emotional impulse and in various details of design, they are aesthetically of equal importance and belong to a symphonic style that may be described as romantic, though cast in a classical mould. The D major Symphony, for instance, is as lyrical and romantic in expression as any contemporary German music of the time.
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