5.0 From Northern Ireland :
THE BBC NORTHERN IRELAND
Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor, E. GODFREY BROWN introduced by T. O. CORRIN
5.30 From Regional :
' Pistols for Two ' a Toytown Adventure by S. G. HULME-BEAMAN
from the Milton Hall , Manchester
Elsie Suddaby (soprano)
The William Rees Orchestra
Leader, Leonard Hirsch
Conductor, William Rees
.Respighi was first made known to us in this country by the ballet La Boutique Fantasque. The music is taken from some of the light pieces, chiefly written for pianoforte, which Rossini composed in his last years, and Respighi has arranged them to make a delightfully fresh and dainty ballet. On the stage the dolls in the shop come to life and dance. The ballet consists of a Cossack Dance, a Nocturne, a Mazurka, an Italian Tarantella, a slow Waltz, a boisterous Can-Can, and a Galop.
Mendelssohn's Overture, otherwise known as ' Fingal's Cave ', was inspired by a visit paid by the composer to Scotland in 1829. This very beautiful work has well been described as a seascape and it certainly suggests the surge of the sea in all its power and ruggedness. As a piece of musical construction it is perfect in form and the orchestration shows the hand of a delicate and masterly colourist.
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