at the Organ of the Plaza Cinema,
Leader, Frank Thomas
Conductor, Idris Lewis
Harding Jenkins (baritone)
Directed by Philip Martell from the Commodore Theatre,
Norman Allin (bass): The Clock
(Loewe). Simon the Cellarer (Hatton). The Diver (Loder)
Lisa Perli (soprano): She wandered down the mountain side (Clay). Orpheus with his Lute (Sullivan)
by James Bridie read by Meg Buchanan
Norman Rouse (violin)
Douglas Bentley (violoncello) Edward Knight (pianoforte)
Published in 1809, the same year as the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, used to be called the ' Ghost Trio' because of its eerie slow movement. Sketches for this movement are to be found in one of Beethoven's sketch books immediately after a rough sketch of a witches' chorus intended for an uncompleted opera based on Shakespeare's Macbeth. The libretto, however, was abandoned by Collin, the author of the play Coriolanus, because it bade fair to be too gloomy '.
Frank Bridge's Phantasy Trio was composed in 1908. In 1905 W. W. Cobbett had held the, first of his famous chamber-music competitions, the subject being a Phantasy String Quartet, and Bridge-one of the sixty-seven competitors-had won the second prize. In 1907 a second competition was announced, for trios; again there were sixty-seven competitors, and this time Bridge won the first prize-with the work to be played this afternoon.
The Trio is a good example of the ' phantasy' form: a normal allegro statement of theme ; a slow movement instead of the orthodox working-out (with a scherzo sandwiched in the middle of the slow movement) ; and then a modified recapitulation of the first allegro.
Conductor, A. Hobrow (Cornet, H. JOHNSON; Euphonium,
Tino Bonifacio (harp) ; Harry Dyson (flute) ; Gethyn Wykeham-George
(Northern Ireland Programme)
Leader, Harold F. Petts
Conductor, Ernest W. Goss
Nora Gruhn (soprano) from the Pavilion, Torquay
' Paderewski and Tchaikovsky'
A Programme of Gramophone
-by Helen Henschel
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Leslie Heward
Gogol's collection of short stories, ' Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka ', has been a fruitful source of inspiration to Russian opera composers. Mussorgsky's Fair at Sorochintsy, Tchaikovsky's Vakula the Smith, Rimsky-Korsakov's A May Night and Christmas Eve-all these works are based on Gogol's delightful, humorous-fantastic tales of village life in the Ukraine.
A May Night had been a favourite tale of Rimsky-Korsakov's from childhood ; he read it with his lady-love on the day he proposed to her ; and it was his wife who finally persuaded him to make an opera of it. The opera (written in 1878) was
Korsakov's second and, as listeners will gather from the overture, is one of his most tuneful and lyrical compositions, by no means depending on orchestral colour for its effect.
Symphonic Poem, Stenka Razin
Glazunov's symphonic poem ' Stenka Razin ' takes its name from the hero of the story which the music illustrates. He was a fierce marauder. With his cruel horde he terrorised over a- wide area of the Volga, where his own ship sailed in more than regal splendour. The sails were silk, the oars of gold, and in a pavilion on the deck there rested, surrounded by every mark of opulence, the Princess Persane, Stenka's captive and mistress. One day she told his comrades of a dream, in which Stenka had been shot and all his band put to death, while she herself perished in the waves of the Volga. Her dream came true. Stenka was surrounded by the soldiers of the Tsar, and death or surrender were the only alternatives. Calling his men round him, he said to them, ' Never, through all the thirty years of my career, have I offered a gift to the Volga. Today I give it what is for me the most precious of all the treasures of the earth ', and with these words he hurled the princess into the stream. His warriors raised a song in his glory and then all flung themselves upon the ring of bayonets.
Suite, The Swan Lake.....Tchaikovsky
Directed by Jack Hardy with William Bernard (tenor) Wilfrid Pickering (bass)
Produced by Arthur Spencer
(Weather Forecast) and Sports Bulletin and talk on English Association
with MARJORIE STEDEFORD and THE THREE GINX
A New Radio Play by Lance Sieveking
Founded on J. E. Gurdon 's story of the same name
With music specially composed by Gerrard Williams
William Peaslake , millionaire, aged 47, alone at 10,000 feet above the earth.... So many little gauges and knobs ... what are they all? What a terrible position to find oneself in, and nothing below me but white clouds!
Also: Air Force Officers, Officials, Waiters, Wireless announcers, Newspaper men, Girl-friends, etc.
Carleton Hobbs , Charles Mason , Stephen Jack , Arthur Vivian , Geoffrey Sumner , Audrey Samson
The Orchestra conducted by Robert Chignell
The play produced by Lance Sieveking
The Peaslake Crash' will be repeated on Thursday in the National programme at 7.25.
William Peaslake, a millionaire:
Anne Dumere, his devoted secretary:
Rita, his niece:
Flight-Lieutenant Hugh Paige-Terry, her fiance:
Cyril, brother to Hugh:
Conductor, Stanford Robinson
Freda Townson (contralto)
including- Weather Forecast
Maggie Teyte (soprano), and Cortot (pianoforte): Fetes galantes (Debussy) (first series) : En sourdine. Fantoches ; Clair de lune. Les Ingenus ; Le Faune. Colloque sentimental