Every member of the London Zigeuner Orchestra is a first-rate orchestral player, and every one is British. Yet under Ernest Leggett's direction they have assimilated the gypsy style of playing so perfectly that no one can tell them from a gypsy band. They have been broadcasting regularly since March 1930.
The London Zigeuner
Stuart Robertson (bass-baritone); with Pianoforte and Chorus : Clementine (Montrose) ; Solomon Levi
(Seaver); There's a Tavern m the Town; John Peel ; The Mermaid;
Polly Wolly Doodle ; Little Brown Jug
(Eastburn); The Three Crows (Eastburn)
Leader, W. H. REED
Conducted by JULIUS HARRISON
The Royal Hunt and Storm
Just over sixty years ago Berlioz produced an opera from which this piece is an extract. This' Symphonic Entr'acte' represents a scene in ' a virgin forest in the neighbourhood of Carthage.' Naiads appear and bathe. The hunt is heard in the distance, gradually drawing nearer, and the naiads vanish. Hunters cross the scene. A storm approaches. While the storm increases, Ascanias, son of Æneas, gallops past, followed by other huntsmen. The storm approaches its height and night falls, Dido and Æneas, hunting, arrive and take refuge in a cave. Wood Nymphs appear, singing; also Fauns and Satyrs, all of whom dance a grotesque dance in the darkness. A little stream in the rocks becomes a noisy cataract. Lightning strikes a tree, and finally the whole scene is obscured by dense clouds. The storm at last abates and the clouds scatter. The music calls for no description. The above conveys its spirit.
Tchaikovsky's Capriccio italien
Tchaikovsky made more than one visit to Italy, and the Italian Capriccio, among the gayest and most care-free of all his works, was composed during a trip in 1880, most of which he spent in Rome. In a letter to Madame von Meek, Tchaikovsky says: ' I am working at an Italian Fantasia based on folk songs. Thanks to the charming themes, some of which I have taken from collections, and other which 1 have heard in the streets, this work will be effective.'
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