[Met Concert/Gala] CID:20840
Grand Sacred Concert. Boston Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts: 04/2/1899.

(Review)


Boston, Massachusetts
April 2, 1899


GRAND SACRED CONCERT

Mendelssohn: Paulus: Overture

Benjamin Godard: Jocelyn: Cachés dans cet asile
Leo Stern, cello [First appearance]

Mendelssohn: Paulus: Gott sei mir gnädig
Anton Van Rooy

Alfred Bachelet: Chère nuit
Suzanne Adams
Leo Stern, cello

Haydn: The Seasons: Air du Laboureur
Pol Plançon

Messiah: He was despised
Marie Brema

Handel: Largo

Rienzi: Allmächt'ger Vater
German selection
Ernest Van Dyck

Franck: Panis angelicus
Suzanne Adams
Leo Stern, cello

Jean-Baptiste Faure: Les rameaux
Rouget de Lisle: La Marseillaise (encore)
Pol Plançon

Beethoven: Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur
Traditional: Ein fröhlicher Gesang Osterfreud genannt
Traditional: The Minstrel Boy
Marie Brema

Mendelssohn: Elijah: It is Enough
German Selection
Anton Van Rooy

Franz Lachner: March

Conductor...............Luigi Mancinelli

Unsigned review in the Boston Herald

OPERA STARS IN CONCERT

Five of the Metropolitan Company Heard in Sacred Music at the Boston Theatre

As was promised, five of the singers of the Metropolitan Opera Company - Mme. Suzanne Adams, Miss Marie Brema, Messrs. Van Dyck, Anton Van Rooy and Plançon - together with the entire Metropolitan Opera House orchestra, appeared at the sacred concert last night, and a vast audience that filled the Boston Theatre to the very doors, gave them as warm a reception as a Boston audience is capable of giving.

A more cosmopolitan audience rarely is seen. People of many races and nationalities, of every walk and station, were there. Many were patrons of the opera, familiar with the singers; many more took advantage of the occasion to make their acquaintance; some were idlers, and some were curiosity seekers, and there were students of music in large numbers, and all were remarkably appreciative and ready to show it.

The concert itself was much more a sacred concert than sacred concerts usually are, especially when the singers are of the opera. Practically every number set down on the programme was of a religious character, the works of Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Faure being represented by distinctly religious selections. However, the atmosphere was not entirely churchly, for an encore was demanded in every instance, and graciously accorded, and much latitude was shown in the choosing of encore music, though in no case was the selection out of keeping with the general tone of the affair.

In addition to the singers, Leo Stern appeared with his violoncello as a soloist, besides playing obligatos to the solos of Mme. Adams. He was not by any means the least popular of the soloists.

M. Plançon was perhaps the favorite of the evening. His second number on the programme was "The Palms" and, while many in the audience appeared to welcome it as an old friend, many others, if not the majority, were inclined to feel disappointment that the number was not something else. When it came to the singing of it, however, there was no divided opinion. It was given in a manner to call forth a wild burst of applause from the orchestra stalls to the most remote seats under the roof.

Then, in answer to the recall. Mr. Plançon sang "La Marseillaise." putting so much fervor and dramatic action into the singing as to fairly carry his hearers out of their seats. The applause that followed continued until the next number was about to be begin.



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