Led by George Stratton
Conducted by HERBERT CARRUTHERS
The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra are not the only British orchestras that have won success abroad. The London Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1904, went to Paris with the Leeds Choral Union during its second season and gave two concerts at the Chatelet Theatre. In 1912 it travelled with Nikisch as conductor, 11,500 miles in the United States and Canada, giving thirty-one concerts-the first at Carnegie Hall, New York. Among the many distinguished conductors who have been associated with the London Symphony Orchestra arc Richter, Nikisch, Safonov, Mengelberg, Beecham, Coates, Furtwangler, Weingartner, Koussevitzky, to mention only a few.
May Busby (soprano)
The Laurance Turner String Quartet: Laurance Turner (violin); Walter Price (violin); Eric Bray (viola); Jack Shinebourne (violoncello)
Mozart's Quartet (K.458) is the so-called 'Hunt' Quartet, the third of the magnificent set dedicated to Haydn; it was finished on November 9, 1784. The great German Mozart-scholar, Hermann Abert, considers that "the centre of gravity of this quartet lies in the two middle movements â€” the minuet, here placed second, and the very impressive adagio, whose gloomy pathos is relieved by the glowing fervour of the second theme â€” another plain proof of Mozart's vein of romanticism... The finale returns to the spirit of the first movement, with its combination of delicious Mozartian roguishness and Haydnesque humour. The very theme, taken from an old folk-song, prepares the hearer for what is coming."
Dvorak began the G major Quartet in 1895 soon after his return from America. He was overjoyed at finding himself once more amid familiar scenes, and his joy found full expression in two magnificent quartets, this one and that in A flat, Op. 106. "These quartets", writes Ottokar Sourek, "are the swan songs of Dvorak's chamber music, which reaches its zenith in these two compositions. Dvorak's artistic nature is manifest here in all its purity and individuality..... The first two movements of the G major Quartet belong to the greatest things which ever came from Dvorak's pen."
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