THE accent was on Music's younger personalities at the Proms on Monday. Mr. David Wilde, joint winner of the International Liszt-BartOk Piano Competition in Budapest last year, and experienced broadcaster, made his Prom debut with a performance of Liszt's First Piano Concerto. His playing had great assurance and vitality and he handled the technical difficulties with ease.
Miss Thee Musgrave was present to hear the first performance of her setting for chorus and orchestra of Shakespeare's "The Phoenix and the Turtle", commissioned by the BBC. Her music for this tender little story of the chaste love between the phoenix and her dove, is played in one continuous movement but divided into three sections, and sympathetically interprets the spirit of the poem. The Ambrosian Singers had some difficult passages to cope with but handled the work very capably.
The programme, which also included Rimsky Korsakov's
" Scheherazade " and Tchaikovsky's Second Symphony. was brilliantly performed. It was exciting to see the BBC Scottish Orchestra. (Leader, Peter Gibbs). so often heard on the air, and their permanent conductor, Mr. Norman Del Mar. whose orchestra is one of seven sharing this Season's Concerts and appearing for the first time on Monday. SATURDAY'S Promenade Concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a lively Viennese night, with Sir Malcolm Sargent in great form and the Philharmonia Orchestra enjoying a frolic now and again.
Franz Schubert's popular Marche Militaire and his tuneful Fifth Symphony opened the evening and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 followed, with Tessa Robbins captivating as soloist. But the big draw came in the second half when the sparkling orchestrations and lilting melodies of Johann Strauss were given full rein in "Tales from the Vienna Woods". "Artist's Life", and "Wine, Woman and Song". "Perpetutim Mobile" fairly galloped along, and the spectacular "Emperor Waltz" had the younger promenaders swaying en masse.