THE Moeran Symphony in. G minor. which formed the main orchestral work
in the London Philharmonic's programme on Saturday and which was conducted by Mr. Leslie Steward. provides art interesting example of the Irish idiom presented in terms of modern writing. Mr. Moeran wrote most of it in Ireland Had he dedicated it to the late Sir Hamilton Harty, but in spirit it has little in common with that composer's style, which was concerned more with narrative, vivid and robust. Mr. Moeran uses the orchestra much more experimentally and appeals more to the mind than the emotions.
Mr. Reward, who conducted this work on the only other occasion it was performed in London a few years ago, has is genius for detail. He works rather like an etcher and uses scrupulous care that every line is in its right place.
The work of the individual sections of the orchestra was brilliant and not least among these was the tympani. G. C.
Royal Albert Hall