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Relayed from The Queen's Hall, London
(Sole Lessees, Messrs. Chappell and Co., Ltd.)
(Principal First Violin, CHARLES WOODHOUSE)
Conducted by Sir HENRY WOOD
Weber's opera Euryanthe contains some of his finest music, but it is now rarely performed. It was killed, almost from the first, by the weakness of its libretto, which is one of the worst in operatic history. But the overture, one of Weber's best, has always been a favourite in the concert hall. It begins with an impetuous introduction; the subject matter that follows is taken from songs in the opera, two of the chief being sung by the hero. At one point listeners will remark an impressive silent pause; here the composer indicated that the curtain should rise and reveal a tableau serving as an unspoken prologue to the drama.
The Fire Bird was the first ballet music Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev. It was first given in 1910, and only a year later the still more striking]y original Petrouclika followed it. The fairy tale on which The Fire Bird is based is one of those in which good and wicked fairies are in conflict, the good. of course, triumphing in the. end. Here the Fire Bird is herself the Good Fairy, and at the end of the tale it is a feather from one of her wings which defeats the wicked spells of the enchanter, Kastchei.
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Conducted By:
Sir Henry Wood

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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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