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The Blech String Quartet:
Harry Blech (violin)
Edward Silverman (violin) Douglas Thomson (viola)
William Pleeth (violoncello)
Verdi composed his String Quartet in E minor in 1873 while waiting for the production of Alda, which had been postponed. It is designed on Purely classical lines. The first movement is dramatic in character, and the first subject bears a certain resemblance to the music associated with Amneris in Aida. The second movement is simple and graceful and the principal subject foreshadows a Passage in the first act of Falstaff.
The movement in scherzo torm nas an operatic flavour with its melodramatic agitation. The last movement is considered the best of the four. ' In essence ', says Francis Toye , ' 'it consists of a single idea, treated and developed with marked incenuitv which unmistakably suggests the rapid chatter of the women in Falstaff, or even the twitter of birds.'


Harry Blech
Edward Silverman
Douglas Thomson
William Pleeth
Francis Toye

Excerpts from Weber's Opera
' Der Preischütz'
The BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor, Sir Adrian Boult : Overture
Act 1
Alexander Kipnis (bass), with The
Berlin State Opera Orchestra, conducted by Clemens Schmalstich : Caspar's Drinking Song-Hier im ird'schen Jammerthal (In this earthly vale of woe)
Act 2
Lotte Lehmann (soprano):
Agatha's Aria, Leise, leise (Softly Sighing)
Kate Heidersbach (soprano),
Irene Eisinger (soprano), Erik Wirl (tenor), with the orchestra of The Berlin State Opera, conducted by Clemens Schmalstich : Trio—Wie ? Was ? Entsetzen! (Where ? What ? Oh terror)
Act 3
Margarete Teschemacher (soprano), with Orchestra, conducted by Hans Müller : Agatha's Prayer-Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle (Although a cloud o'erspreads the earth)
Friedrich Schorr (baritone), with The New Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Albert Coates : Hermit's Air-Leicht kann des Frommen Herz ? (What sinful man is free ?)
Chorus and Orchestra of The
Berlin State Opera, conducted by Leo Blech : Bridal Chorus-Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz (We bind the bridal wreath)
Soloist— Genia Guszalewicz (soprano) : Huntsmen's Chorus
The production of Der Freischiits in Berlin on June 18, 1821, marked the birth of romantic opera. Wagner described Weber's masterpiece as the focus of the expression of all German patriotic feeling in the period, following the War of Liberation against Napoleon. The overture perfectly sums up the opera, both musically and in general feeling. The magic music of the four horns at the beginning, the restless syncopations that follow, the lovely clarinet melody a little later, and the fire of the triumphant conclusion are familiar to most listeners.


Sir Adrian Boult
Alexander Kipnis
Clemens Schmalstich
Lotte Lehmann
Kate Heidersbach
Irene Eisinger
Erik Wirl
Conducted By:
Clemens Schmalstich
Margarete TeschemacHer
Friedrich Schorr
Albert Coates
Conducted By:
Leo Blech
Genia Guszalewicz

from St. Paul's Cathedral
Order of Service
Psalm cix
Lesson, I Kings xi, 1-13
Magnificat (Brewer in D)
Lesson, Matthew xvi, 13-23
Nunc Dimittis (Brewer in D) Anthem,
Jesu, the very thought of thee With sweetness fills the breast ; But sweeter far thy face to see, And in thy presence rest.
(St. Bernard. Jesu dulcis memoria). (Music by Vittoria)
Hvmn, Children of the Heavenly
King (E.H. 373)

Community Centres
Valentine Williams and Percy
Listeners have already heard from tenants themselves some of the differences experienced between living in out-of-date houses and living in the new housing estates in Britain built and managed by various councils and trusts. Today they are to hear about what is being done to turn the estates into real communities.
Valentine Williams is bringing to the microphone Percy Williams , from Leeds, an official of the National Council of Social Service, which helps to organise community centres on these estates.


Valentine Williams
Percy Williams

A Continental Romance
Book, lyrics, and music by George Gordon
Cast in order of their appearance
Railway porters, travellers, hotel servants, cafe patrons, guests at the State ball, etc.
The BBC Revue Chorus and Augmented Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Louis Levy
Orchestrations by Jack Beaver
The action begins and ends on the Arlberg-Orient Express on its way from Paris to Athens, with a Prologue and Epilogue in Britain
Production by George Gordon
This must surely be the first time that the book, lyrics, music, and production of a musical show have been done 'on the air ' by one man -George Gordon , who won his radio spurs in Scotland, added to his achievements in Northern Ireland, and for the last year has been making his mark in London. Listeners who heard his production Tomorrow's Luck last year, with Ivy St. Helier in the cast, will welcome another show by him. The music and atmosphere are Continental-it is all light and summery.
It is of interest that
Madeleine Christie , who has won many successes both in drama and musical shows in Scotland, has come down from Glasgow especially to broadcast in a part that Gordon has written for her. She acted for him many times when he was in Scotland.
'Sweet Dreams' will be repeated tomorrow (Regional, 6.0)


Music By:
George Gordon
Conducted By:
Louis Levy
Jack Beaver
Production By:
George Gordon
George Gordon
Madeleine Christie
Madeleine Christie
Paul, a young foreigner:
Jan van Der Gucht
Nadine March
Charles Mason
Reception Clerk in Hotel Continental:
William Ashley
Marie, femme-de-chambre:
Joan Young
Gaston, valet de chambre:
Mischa de la Motte
Raffi, a cafe proprietor:
H. Marion Crawford
Lord Harringay:
Norman Shelley
Master of Ceremonies at the State Ball:
Phil Ray

A Recital of Songs by Sinclair Logan (baritone)
The Scribe
Last Hours
Walking Song
Severn Meadows Lights Out
(The programmes in this series have been arranged in collaboration with Marion Scott , Herbert Howells , and Gerald Finzi )


Sinclair Logan
Marion Scott
Herbert Howells
Gerald Finzi

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