Frank Thomas (Violin), Ronald Harding (Violoncello), Hubert Pengelly (Pianoforte)
from the Carlton Restaurant.
The Rev. Charles Porter
The Station Orchestra, conducted by Warwick Braithwaite
Liadov's piece has as preface this quotation:
"...and I saw another strong angel, descending from heaven and veiled in a cloud: a rainbow was above his head and his face was like unto the sun and his feet like unto pillars of fire; in his hand he held an open book; and he placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the earth and cried in a loud voice, as the lion roareth; and when he cried the seven thunders thundered...."
Brigg Fair is an English folk-song which Delius has made the basis of an orchestral Rhapsody. He has prefaced his score with the words of the ballad. This is the first verse:-
"It was on the fift' of August
The weather fine and fair,
Unto Brigg Fair I did repair
For love I was inclined.
The singer meets his 'dear' at the Fair, and ends thus:-
The green leaves they shall wither
And the branches they shall die,
If ever I prove false to her,
To the girl that loves me."
The Rhapsody is scored for a large Orchestra. The Introduction (Slow, Pastoral) consists mainly of little arabesques on Flutes and Clarinets, suggestive of bird songs.
The Tune is then given out as an Oboe Solo, with light chordal accompaniment of Woodwind and pizzicato (plucked) Strings.
The rest of the work consists of almost continuous variations on the Tune.
Listeners have recently heard a few of the piquant pieces of Dohnanyi, the Hungarian Composer of the present day (born in 1877), who has been known to us for nearly thirty years as a much-travelled concert Pianist.
Ruralia Hungarica consists of a set of seven pieces which, as the name implies, have a flavour of the folk-music of the Composer's native country.
In the South-Alassio is a musical record of impressions of Italy-more especially of 'a a glorious afternoon in the Vale of Andora', with snow-tipped mountains on the horizon, and the blue Mediterranean, and with thoughts of the strife and power of the old Roman civilization, suggested by the ruins at hand.
The Overture was first heard at the Covent Garden Elgar Festival of 1904.
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