Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conducted by Peter Montgomery
Hooton Mitchell (bass)
The drama of the Norwegian poet, Bjornson, Sigurd Jorsalfar (Sigurd the Crusader), is a tale of Norway in the time of the Crusades. Sigurd and his brother, Eystein, sons of the great Harald, are fierce rivals, each reigning over part of Norway. At the end of the play they become reconciled and dedicate themselves jointly to the service of their country. Grieg wrote incidental music for the production of the play, afterwards recasting several of the movements in the form of a very effective Suite.
by Denise Lassimonne
Berlin State Opera House Orchestra, conducted by Weissmann : Overture. the Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Orchestre Symphonique (of Paris), conducted by Philippe Gaubert , Solo violin, Henry Merckel : Danse macabre (Dance of Death) (Saint-Saens)
Brussels Royal Conservatoire Orchestra, conducted by Desire Defauw: Mephisto Waltz (Liszt)
Leader, Daniel Melsa
Conductor, Eric Fogg
May Huxley (soprano)
Directed by Rene Tapponnier from the Carlton Hotel, London
The BBC Midland Orchestra
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Leslie Heward
Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799), the contemporary and friend of Haydn and Mozart, is now remembered only because of the chamber music he produced so prolitically. But he also wrote some symphonic programme-music of great interest. His Ovid ' symphonies are probably the finest examples of pre-Beethovenian programme-music in existence.
There were originally twelve, but those of the second set have been lost, though we know their subjects. ' Three years ago wrote Ditters dorf in his autobiography, ' I hit upon the idea of writing some characteristic symphonies on subjects from Ovid's " Metamorphoses ", and on my arrival in Vienna ' (i.e., in 1786) ' I had twelve of the kind ready.' In Vienna he performed the first six-the set that surviveâ€” at a concert in the Augarten, the others a week later at a theatre concert.
' The Fall of Phaeton' is the second symphony of the set. The first movement depicts ' the Palace of the Sun raised on stately columns', while the finale paints Jupiter, thundering aloud, and darting the poised lightnfhg against the charioteer, at the same time depriving him of his life and his seat; and by his ruthless fire restraining the flames '.
The BBC Midland Orchestra Leader: Alfred
Conductor, P. S. G. O'Donnell
Smetana was an intensely national composer, and Prague was his centre. In that city he produced eight operas, written on Czech subjects and based upon Czech music. Of these, The Bartered Bride is the most famous. It is, in fact, one of the world's finest comic operas. Although it was written eighty years ago, the vitality and colour of the music made a deep impression when it was revived two years ago at Sadler's Wells.
The overture was known to English audiences for many years before any other part of the opera was heard. The rhythmic rush of the string passages with which the overture opens is one of the most irresistibly sparkling passages in all music, and the whole overture is the gayest thing imaginable.
P. S. G.
The BBC Singers
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate
The Ploughing Farmers Lullaby
The Cossacks' March
A Cry in the Night Cossack Romance
(All arranged by Alexander Koshetz )
including Weather Forecast
Organ Music played by C. H. Trevor
Prelude and Fugue in A Three Choral Preludes:
1 Vater unser im Himmelreich (Our Father which art in Heaven). 2 In dulci jubilo. 3 Ach, Herr, mich armen Sunder (Lord, a poor sinner)
Passacaglia in D minor
A programme of new songs for whose probable popularity you are invited to vote
The Tin Pan Alley Trio
A Section of the BBC Men's Chorus
The BBC Variety Orchestra conducted by Charles Shadwell
Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ
Ivor Dennis at the piano
Compere, Bryan Michie
All the songs included in this programme were selected by a Committee of Listeners
Paul Hermann (violoncello)
John Ireland (pianoforte)
An Impression of its Life, History, and Legend
Arranged by Felix Felton in co-operation with Eldred G. F. Walker
(North Somerset) and 'MAN 0' MENDIP'
Eldred G. F.
(including Weather Forecast)
SPORT. TOPICAL TALKS
with HELEN CLARE
JOE FERRIE and THE JACKDAWS from the Dorchester Hotel
including Weather Forecast
Maggie Teyte (soprano),
Alfred Cortot (pianoforte): En sourdine ; Fantoches ; Clair de lune ; Les Ingenus (Fetes Galantes) (Debussy). Le Tombeau des Naiades (Chansons de Bilitis) (Debussy)