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Regional Variations (4)

Light Music

Regional Programme Midland

LADDIE CLARKE'S lMPERIAL HYRRO HOTEL ORCHESTRA

Regional Programme Northern

Daventry National Programme

Regional Programme Scotland

(Led by MONTAGUE BREARLEY)
Conducted by S. KNEALE KELLEY
GEORGE PIZZEY (Baritone)

Contributors

Conducted By:
S. Kneale Kelley
Baritone:
George Pizzey

Regional Variations (4)

London Regional Programme

Regional Programme Northern

London Regional Programme

Regional Programme Midland

THE SILVER CITIZENS

Regional Programme Scotland

An Opera in Three Acts by CARL MARIA VON WEBER
Relayed from BERLIN
(.See centre column)
EURYANTHE, Weber's only grand opera, was first produced in Vienna in 1823. The libretto was taken from the Roman de la violette, a thirteenth-century tale. It had already been used several timea by earlier writers, Boccaccio, for example, and Shakespeare, whose Cymbeline resembles it closely. Weber's librettist was Madame von Chezy, who also made the libretto of Rosamunde for Schubert. The general opinion has always been that it is a poor libretto— indeed, one of the worst ever written—and, to us in these days, the hook does seem a complicated, high-flown piece of romantic clap-trap. But evidently Weber did not think so, for the opera contains some of his finest music, and, after all, that sort of plot written in that sort of way was altogether the vogue at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Moreover, the book has some very able defenders. Phillip Spitta , Bach's biographer, thought it a good and capable book. Engel, another distinguished critic, said of it that it was ' full of human interest. Truth and a fine sense of honour, jealousy, and envy, mortified love and ambition, above all, the most intense womanly devotion-such are its leading motives.' This critic, too, thought the story a good one.
However, dqes it, in any case, matter very much? To-night's performance will be in German, and it is not what they say, but what they sing to which listeners will give attention.

Contributors

Unknown:
Phillip Spitta

Regional Programme London

About Regional Programme

Regional Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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