Act 1 of the Opera by Puccini
Scene : The Student's Attic
Conductor, Robert Ainsworth
Performed by the Imperial League of Opera from the Empire Theatre, Liverpool
The Scottish Orchestra
Leader, Henri Temianka
Conductor, Georg Szell from
St. Andrew's Hall, Glasgow
Georg Szell , who conducts tonight's concert, was born in Budapest fifty years ago. When his parents moved to Vienna his musical gifts had the fullest opportunity to develop. At the age of eleven he appeared as a solo pianist, and at the age of sixteen he decided to become a conductor. His opportunity came with dramatic suddenness when he was asked to conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at two hours' notice because the regular conductor had fallen ill. Later he became assistant to
Richard Strauss in Berlin. He now holds appointments in Prague.
Henri Temianka , who leads the orchestra, was born in Scotland, of Polish parents. He has studied under the great masters of the violin, Flesch and Ysaye, and enjoys a considerable reputation as a soloist.
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