THE WIRELESS ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOHN ANSELL
In the Mountains; In the Village; In the Mosque ; Procession of the Sirdar
T IKE Clazounov, Ippolitov-lvanov has been recognized by the present government of Russia. In 1923 he was given the title of ' People's Artist of the Republic.' Born in 1H50, ho was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov, and has held the posts of conductor at the Tiflis Opera, and Professor of Composition in the Conservatoire at Moscow. In composing music with an Eastern flavour he is on ground which is familiar to him, and these Caucasian Sketches are full of vivid suggestion of the Near East.
0 Star of Eve
WAGNER was fond of introducing real personages from history into his Operas, and several of the characters in Tannhäuser actually belonged to the ago which tho Opera describes. Wolfram von Eschenbach, who appears as one of the Minstrel Knights, was a distinguished poet of those far-off days ; some have thought him the most impor-. tant figure in the literature of the late twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. He counted himself a soldier rather than
7 a poet, and there is no doubt that with spear and sword he did noble service on behalf of the Landgrave Hermann , his Feudal chief in the Opera, as in real life he actually was. Of his own poetry, he wrote with quite needless modesty, though, so far as we can guess, in all sincerity. A considerable volume. of it has come down to the present day; best known is the long poem, ' Parsifal,' in which the story of the Grail and its Knights is set forth with profound reverence and much beauty ; reverence was cloarly a dominating influence in his life. The sentiments which Wagner- gives him to sing as the first competitor in the Song Contest in Tannhauser are very much those which he not only preached, but practised in real life-loyal service and faithful devotion to one lady ; here ho speaks of her as a star to which his spirit looks with steadfast faith.
His other song, oven better known, is taken from the third act of the Opera. Elizabeth has been praying for the errant Tannhäuser at a wayside shrine, and has sadly and gently declined
Wolfram's offer to escort her home to the Castlo. He sings this song, as he watches her climb tho heights, with the evening star rising in the sky above the Wartburg.
Wolfram's Arias (' Tannhauser ') Gazing around upon this fair assembly - Wagner
Siesta - Besly
Oak Tree Bough - Bairstow
An Epitaph - Besly
Love went a-riding - Frank Bridge
LISTENTERS know Sir Frederic Cowcn best as a composer of graceful and happy music which often has for subject tho fresh open air of England'. Here he is in more serious vein, and this Fantasy of Life and Love is a full-sized orchestral poem. He has given us no eluo, beyond its title, to the images or thoughts it expresses, and tho hearer is left to exercise his own imagination. It begins with a stern movement with two closely allied tunes,, and after some stress and conflict, passes to a tranquil mood with a melody which the clarinet begins. It soon grows more strenuous and impassioned, and though there are again one or two quiet moments, it is' the thought of striving which mainly prevails, until wo reach another broad, impressive section near the end.
by CASPAR CASSADO
(For 5.30 to 6.15 Programmes see opposite page)
The Destruction of Sennacherib's
IN his distress Hezekiah ' rent his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord;' his servants he sent to Isaiah the prophet to ask his advice.
Isaiah prophesied the immediate destruction of the Assyrian host, and the imminent death of Sennacherib by the sword in his own land.
But in spite of this. Hexekiah received a letter from Sennacherib once again demanding his surrender. This time, however, he took the letter and laid it before the Lord in the temple. That night his prayer was answered, for ' the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand : and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.'
Relayed from the Church of the Messiah, Birmingham
'HERR JESU CHRIST, Do HOCHSTES GUT'
Lord 'Jesus Christ , Thy Blessed Grace'
LILIAN COOPER (Soprano)
ESTHER COLEMAN (Contralto)
JOHN ARMSTRONG (Tenor)
HAROLD WILLIAMS (Baritone)
CYRIL CHRISTOPHER (Continuo)
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO CHORUS and ORCHESTRA
Conducted by JOSEPH LEWIS
The words of the Cantata arc as follows.
I. â Chorus.
Lord Jesos Christ , Thon Fountain pure of grace nnd mercy blessed,SeeThou thp torment. I endure, How sore I am oppressed. As cruel darts that pierce my heart I feel the pangs of conscience, smart. Of sin 1 stand confessed.
II.â Aria (Alto).
Have pity. Lord, oh take from me My sin, m.v desolation, For Thou hast died upon the Tree That I might know salvation. That evil may not bring me low, To suffer lasting pain and woe, And at the last to perish-
III.â Aria (Pass).
I know, when T have God lorsworn. When from His way my feet have vander'd Nor on His word my thought hath ponder'd. Itow I by grief and fear am torn. And sore my troubled heart had chafed, But that Thy word hath hope vouchsafed.
IV. â Hecitative (Bass).
Thy healing Word hath brought me hope, 0 Saviour mild and render. And now my breast, that was by cruel fears oppress' d, To new won pow'r and joy shall waken The sornly grieving hrurt that only tears had known and bitter smart. The Saviour's grace unto itself hath takon ; Such comfort in my soul Ills Word hath wrought, And to my spirit joy hath brought, As of the Springtide's splendour. My soul is fill d with gladness No more, can gnawing conscience afflict my heart with sadness. For God all merciful hath said At last Uis laithtul ones and holy With manna shall be fed. When to our Saviour we are led In spirit meek and lowly.
V.â Aria (Tcnrrr).
Jesus saith to sinners, Come,' Gracious word of hope that blesseth ! He gives repentant sinners peace, And brings to everyone release. Who nil his sin confessetb.
The Saviour bids all sinners come ; How sweet that word upon mine ears is falling He calls : ' Come ye to Me, all ye that and have striven, Come to the Fount of mercy given, For to Myself my lov'd ones I am culling. I hear Thee. Lord, I come to Thee, as a pilgrim repentant praying. And with a humble heart, '0 Cod, have mercy!' saying, Oh. comfort Thou my weary sou!, And by Thy precious blond, oh make me whole, And from my sin set free: so with the Messed ones of God enfold me And safe within Thine ann in love and taith that cannot fail, oh Saviour, bold me, Thy child in Heaven let me be.
VII.â Duct (Soprano and Alto).
Pardon me, Lord, to Thee I pray. nor let thy righteous wrath confound me, This heavy yoke oh take away. in chains of sin hith Satan bound me. Lord, with Thy pence my heart be filled, So shall my life show forth Thy praise thro' all my days, And go the way that Thou hast willed.
Fo with Thy spirit stregthen me. For me Thy side was wounded; Cleanse me with blood that flowed from Thee When my last hour hath sounded : Take me to Thee when seems Thee best, In faith I come at J hy behest To be with Thee uaited.
English text by D. Millar Craig , copyright by the B.B.C. 1928.
Next week's Cantata is No. 12, WEINEN KLAGEN
S.B. from Edinburgh
Relayed from St. Cuthbert's Parish Church, Edinburgh
Order of Service :
Metrical Psalm, No. 95, vv. 1-6
Hymn, 'We sing the praise of Him Who died' (R.C.H., No. 109) (A. and M., No. 200)
Hymn, 'When I survey the wondrous Cross' (R.C.H., No'. 106) (A. and M., No. 108)
Address by the Rev. C. H. RITCHIE, M.A., Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh (formerly of St. Martin-in-the-Fields)
Hymn, 'At even, ere the sun was set' (R.C.H., No. 277) (A. and M., No. 20)
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Appeal on behalf of Child Haven, the Children's Home of the West Ham Central Mission, by Mis. R. ROWNTREE CLIFFORD
THE West Ham Central Mission already runs a Church at West
Silvertown, an old folks' home, a hostel, and numerous other institutions. Tonight's appeal is for a sum of £2,000 to support for a year the new Children's Home which has just been established in a spacious house, with a playing field, at Hutton, near Brentwood, and for a further £3,000 to provide some necessary extensions. The previous home, which was much smaller, has for seven years given over 300 delicate children from the slums a chance to live, grow strong and make good, and, though many of them were desperately ill, not one died.
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From the Hotel Victoria
OLIVE KAVANN and PERCY KAHN
(Solos and Duets)
ORCHESTRA Minuet for Strings - Boecherini
PERCY KAHN At Dawning - Cadman
ORCHESTRA Arabesque - Dehussy
EMILIO COLOMBO Adagio Religiose and Finale Marzialo, (Concerto No. ) - Vicuxtemps
OLIVE KAVANN Berceuse - Gretckaninov
The Star - Bogrs
ORCHESTRA Selection, Italian Popular Songs - .arr. Colombo
OLIVE KAVANN and PERCY KAHNHarp of the Woodland - Martin arr. Kahn
The Old Sweet Song - Krreisler
Per Valli ; Per Boschi - Blangini
ORCHESTRA Fantasia, ' Tosca ' - Puccini
'THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND The LIFE
For a time, the details of this closing item of the Sunday programmes were not disclosed, since many listeners seemed to enjoy the element of unexpectedness in it. However, during the past few weeks we have received a number of requests from other listeners who would like to know in advance details of the Epilogue in order to be able to join in its hymns and follow its readings. For the benefit of these latter we are printing the details of this week's Epilogue on page 474, where it will not intrude itself upon those who still wish to approach it unprepared.