Arthur Rubinstein (pianoforte), and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Barbirolli : Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (Chopin)-l Allegro. 2 Larghetto. 3 Allegro vivace
Directed by Sydney Phasey
from the New Victoria Cinema, Bradford
Conductor, William Pethers
from the Hippodrome Theatre, Coventry
Time Signal, Greenwich, at 2.15
The Coventry Hippodrome
by Robert Head from the Freemason's Hall,
Leader, Daniel Melsa
Conducted by Clifton HelliweU In the early eighteenth century
Vivaldi was a leading figure in the Italian world of music, and, both as violinist and composer, left his mark on a good many generations to come. For many years he was in charge of the music at one of the four great schools which gave Venice of that day a pre-eminent place in Europe. The pupils were all religious novices, and the choir and orchestra in each was composed entirely of girls. Dr. Burney, in one of his letters from Venice, writes of such a school as ' nightingales who poured balm into my wounded ears '. Another historian of the time is even more enthusiastic.
He says, ' the girls, sing like angels: they play the violin, the flute, the organ, the hautboy, the violoncello, the bassoon, in short, no instrument is large enough to frighten them .' Even if none of Vivaldi's music had remained, we should have counted it important for the interest with which Bach studied it: Bach had no time to spare for anything but the best in music. He transcribed no fewer than sixteen of Vivaldi's violin concertos for clavier, and four for organ ; but the greatest evidence of his enthusiasm for the Italian master is his gigantic arrangement of a concerto for four violins, four harpsichords (or pianofortes), and string orchestra.
Four Episodes for Chamber Orchestra Bloch
1 Humoresque macabre. 2 Obsession. 3 Calm. 4 Chinese
Romance (Serenade for Strings,
Waltz Op. 2)Karlowicz Three Fantastic Dances Turina
1 Exaltation. 2 Dream. 3 Orgy
from the Pump Room,
Andrew Clayton (tenor)
including Weather Forecast
A Musical Presentation with The Lally Brothers an-d their
Jan van der Gucht
Monte Rey and The Langham Four
This is the first of three programmes (possibly there will be more) devised by the Lally Brothers, Arthur and Jimmy, who have been arranging music for others most of their lives and now find it refreshing to please themselves, and they hope listeners too. Arthur was the leader of Ambrose's Blue Lyres who won fame at the Dorchester (incidentally, he took them to Holland, for a six-week's season). Jimmy ran the orchestra at the Hotel Cecil for a time and has done quite a few arrangements for Henry Hall.
In devising these programmes they have had in mind the title ' Kaleidoscope '. They have formed a broadcasting dance band of about eighteen instrumentalists and the programmes will be as non-stop and slick as possible. Of the vocalists in the first broadcast, Jan Van der Gucht is notable as a singer who is a fine actor, too-listeners will remember his broadcasts in The Student Prince and Merrie England ; Monte Rey is famous for his broadcasts in Geraldo's ' Music Shop ' and ' Dancing Through ' ; while the Langham Four consists of two tenors and two basses, being a male quartet recruited from the BBC Revue Chorus.
On Wednesday or Thursday evenings, at varying times, an authoritative speaker will be invited in this programme to discuss some subject of special interest at the moment
by Leopold Muenzer Karol Szymanowski, who died early this year at the age of fifty-three, was one of the leading figures in contemporary music and was certainly the greatest Polish composer since Chopin. Szymanowski received his musical education in Warsaw and began his career as a composer by following in Chopin's footsteps. He has, however, aptly been compared with our own Arnold Bax, born in the same year. Both have the same romantic, lyrical kind of temperament ; both are fond of great profusion of detail ; and both are moderate modernists as regards harmony. Like Bax, too, Szymanowski is equally at home in all forms from the Symphony and the large-scale choral work to the song or short piano piece. But he has also invaded a field left untouched by Bax who has written no operas, whereas Szymanowski has written two.
as ' Mr. Muddlecombe, J.P. ' in The Court of Not-So-Common,
Written by Robb Wilton on an original idea by Barry Bernard
The court of ' Not-So-Common, Please ', has been sitting at intervals since January 9 this year, presided over by Mr. Muddlecombe, J.P., who, to the vast amusement of the 'public gallery ', so consistently lives up to his name. He is absent-minded and very stupid and very good fun. But then he is played by that fine 'old man ' character actor, Robb Wilton. In tonight's broadcast, by the way, his son, Robert Wilton , will take part for the first time.
(including Weather Forecast)
SPORT. TOPICAL TALKS
Directed by Henry Hall
including Weather Forecast
Albert Schweitzer (organ): By the Waters of Babylon ; Prelude and Fugue in E minor (The Little) (Bach)