by Clifford Curzon
Clifford Curzon was born in 1907 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Potter Exhibition and the Thalberg Scholarship. He then went to Berlin and studied under Artur Schnabel. For a time he was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, but he has now given up teaching to devote himself entirely to solo work.
The Brahms Variations with which he will open his broadcast this afternoon were finished on June 15, 1854, having been written during the time of Frau Schumann 's convalescence after the birth of her seventh child. The Theme was taken from Schumann's ' Bunte Blatter Op. 99, No. 4. Schumann was very pleased with the Variations, and in a letter to Brahms he said : ' How splendidly the whole is rounded off, and how one recognises you in the richest brilliance of your imagination and in your profound artistry!
' Pioneers for the Kingdom '
23—' Charles Kingsley ' by Joseph McCulloch with Charles Lefeaux
Produced by Geoffrey Dearmer
Today's ' Pioneer ', Charles Kings ley, poet, dramatist, novelist, country parson, University professor, is best known, perhaps, as the author of the two classics ' Hypatia ' and 'Westward Ho!', and of that delightful children's fantasy, ' The Water-Babies '. But his main work was as co-founder with F. D. Maurice , of the Christian Socialist Movement. Kingsley was a passionate spokesman on behalf of the victims of sweated labour, and flung himself into the task of improving labour conditions throughout England. Among other things, he took part in the founding of the Co-Operative Movement.
Conductor, P. S. G. O'Donnell
P. S. G.
played by Reginald Foort at the BBC Theatre Organ '
A programme of gramophone records presented by Alan Keith
Led by Marie Wilson
Conducted by Leslie Heward
Eileen Joyce (pianoforte)
Glinka's A Life for the Tsar commonly spoken of as ' the first Russian opera ', is about to celebrate its centenary. It was first performed at the Petersburg Imperial Opera on December 9 (November 27 according to the Russian calendar), 1836. Actually it was neither the first opera composed to Russian words, nor the first opera by a Russian composer. But it was the first important work of the first Russian composer to win an international reputation and, in that sense, may be said to mark the beginning of modem Russian music.
6.56 EILEEN JOYCE AND ORCHESTRA
Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, in E flat, is one of his most popular works, and, from some points of view, one of his finest. Unlike the three-movement classical concerto, this concerto is in one continuous movement, although there are four definite sections that correspond in style and tempo to the four movements of a symphony. They are, however, far more compact in development and terse in statement. Instead of having different themes for each section, Liszt exploits one main theme, which he transforms in various ingenious ways to suit the style of the movement or section. The music is very dramatic, scored with great brilliance, and written with an expert eye for pianistic effect.
(Church of England) from
Christ Church, Crouch End, N.8
8.0 Order of Service
Hymn, 0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (S.P. 93)
Act of Worship Psalm xxiv
Lesson, Philippians n, 5-11 Magnificat
Creed and Prayers
Hymn, At the name of Jesus (S.F.
392 ; A. and M. 306)
Address by the Rev. B. S. W. GREEN Hymn, 0 Jesu, thou art standing
(A. and M. 198)
Organist, R. Walker Robson
Rev. B. S. W.
An appeal on behalf of THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION by Lord ELTISLEY, K.B.E.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged, and should be addressed to [address removed]
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Andre Messager - The Man and his Music
A programme arranged by M. Willson Disher.
Music selected by Mark H. Lubbock.
Production by Gordon McConnel
Stella Andreva (coloratura-soprano)
Webster Booth (tenor)
Morgan Davies (baritone)
Linda Parker (soprano)
Compere, Bertram Wallis
The Rae Jenkins Trio
The BBC Theatre Chorus and the BBC Theatre Orchestra, leader Tate Gilder , conductor, Stanford Robinson