at the Organ of the Capitol Cinema,
The BBC Singers (B)
Conductor, Leslie Woodgate
from the Town Hall, Birmingham
The City of Birmingham
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conductor, Leslie Heward
Byron was eagerly read by the young romantics in Germany, as elsewhere, in the first half of last century, and Schumann was among the poet's most enthusiastic admirers. Manfred appealed to him strongly, and he set some music to it, meant for the most part to accompany the recitation of the poem. Small parts of it were laid out for singing, and there are some purely orchestral pieces. Schumann's idea was to have it performed on the stage, and it has on one or two occasions been given in that way, notably by Liszt at Weimar.
Gretry's Cephalus and Procris was a fairly early work. It was written in 1775 and, like many other operas of the composer, is based on the mythological and touching story of the devoted couple whose affection was all the stronger after each in turn had found the other out in a moment of infidelity. Listeners will remember how Diana had given Procris a dart which could not fail to find its quarry, and that Cephalus unwittingly slew his wife with it.
Amy Samuel (soprano)
The Dorothy Hogben Trio:
Addash Frydman (violin)
John Galbafa (violoncello)
Dorothy Hogben (pianoforte)
(By permission of Brigadier H. G. Grant ,
Conducted by Captain F. J. Ricketts ,
Director of Music, Royal Marines
Jane Vowles (soprano) from the Abbey Hall, Plymouth
Captain F. J.
Leader, Norman Rouse
Conductor, Maurice Miles from The Pump Room, Bath
Opening Night of Cuban Pete's
Club, Havana by James Gilroy
Music written and arranged by Jose Norman with Tessa Deane
Frank Thornton Bassett
John Glyn-Jones Duncan Guthrie and Jose Norman and his Rumberos
Produced by George Gordon
Here is a sort of Cuban ' Cafi Colette ' with genuine Cuban numbers. The scene is Cuban Pete's
Club, Havana, crowded in the evening with every type of human nature. Here planters flock to round off pleasantly an honest day's work, and many a crook to begin, if possible, a dishonest evening's. Listeners will be introduced to Cuban Pete, the owner, and his fascinating ' hostess ', Dolores, to say nothing of minor characters who will help to build up a realistic scene. Above all, listeners will hear the Rumberos band, which is to take so big a part in this diverting programme.
For unforeseen reasons this series, in which poems of the speaker's choice will be read and in which he will say why it is that they attract him, has had to be postponed till today. It will be opened by W. H. Auden, modern poet, author, and playwright. His play, The Ascent of F6, was produced in London, has been televised, and is to be broadcast in the experimental hour.
including Weather Forecast
Music of Violinist Composers
(All items arranged by Leslie Bridgewater )
including Weather Forecast
Norman Allin (bass)
The Pougnet-Pini-Morrison Trio:
Jean Pougnet (violin)
Anthony Pini (violoncello)
Angus Morrison (pianoforte)
Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio was partly inspired by the death of his great friend Nicholas Rubinstein (the brother of the more famous Anton). It is dedicated ' to the memory of a great artist', and was first performed privately in March, 1882.
The Trio has unusual features. In writing the piano part Tchaikovsky wished to provide something that would have been worthy of so fine a pianist-for Nicholas was almost as great a virtuoso as his brother Anton-and yet at the same time keep a correct balance in the ensemble. Its form, too, is distinctive. It is divided into two parts: the first is in sonata form, while the second is a set of eleven variations on a beautiful theme that Tchaikovsky with Rubinstein heard at a peasants' gathering. The last Variation worked out on fully developed lines constitutes the finale of the work.