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MAY TURTLE (soprano)
MARY GRIERSON (pianoforte)
Beethoven wrote four overtures to his single opera Fidelio, which was first produced in Vienna on November 20, 1805. The overtures ate known as ' Leonora ' Nos. 1, 2 and 3 and Fidelio. ' Leonora ' No. 2 was written for the first production, No. 3 for the revival in March, 1806, and No. 1 for a performance at Prague which never materialised. They take their names from the fact that the original title of the opera was ' Leonore, ou I'amour Conjugal '. The book, written by Bovilly, was adapted for the purposes of Fidelio by Sonnleithner.
Leonora ' No. 3 is not only considered to be the best of the Fidelio overtures, but one of the finest of all Beethoven's overtures. The music is highly dramatic and is based on some of the most outstanding tunes in the opera.
Donald Francis Tovey , pianist, composer, conductor, and Reid Professor of Music in Edinburgh University, was born at Eton in 1875. From his early years he displayed remarkable musical gifts. At the age of nineteen he was elected Lewis Nettleship scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, and four years later graduated in classical honours in 1898. Tovey's scholarship is immense, and on the music of Bach and Beethoven he is undoubtedly the foremost English authority. Although his composition* reflect his classical learning and bias and show no inclination to follow the trend of twentieth-century musical thought, they are full of strong individuality. The Piano Concerto in A minor is a masterly example of Tovey's style. It was first performed in 1903 with the composer as soloist and Henry J. Wood as conductor.


Leader: Philip Whiteway
Conductor: E. Godfrey Brown
Soprano: May Turtle
Pianoforte: Mary Grierson
Unknown: Mary Grierson
Pianist: Donald Francis Tovey
Unknown: Lewis Nettleship
Unknown: Henry J. Wood

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