[Met Concert/Gala] CID:36120
Second Grand Sunday Night Concert. Metropolitan Opera House: 12/3/1905.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 3, 1905


SECOND GRAND SUNDAY NIGHT CONCERT

At this concert,
Prof. ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK,
the composer of Hänsel und Gretel,
has consented to direct two of his own compositions which
have never before been performed in this country.


Mignon: Overture

Pagliacci: Vesti la giubba
Jacques Bars

La Gioconda: Suicidio
Olive Fremstad

Humperdinck: Dornröschen: Prelude
Engelbert Humperdinck [Only appearance]
The composer conducted this United States premiere.

Saint-Saëns: Concerto in D Minor
Jean Gérardy, cello

Don Carlo: Elle ne m'aime pas
Marcel Journet

Strauss: Cäcilie; Allerseelen
Olive Fremstad

Humperdinck: Die Heirat wider Willen: Introduction; Intermezzo
Engelbert Humperdinck
The composer conducted this United States premiere.

Marschner: Hans Heiling: An jenem Tag
Otto Goritz

Boëllmann: Variations Symphoniques
Jean Gérardy, cello

Tchaikovsky: Marche Slav

Conductor...............Alfred Hertz

Unsigned review in the Brooklyn Eagle

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

Jean Gerardy, the cellist, was the attraction of the Sunday night concert, and only the operatic stars of the lesser magnitude twinkled, but the house was as crowded as usual. Mr. Gerardy played an attractive concerto by Saint-Saens, with a very beautiful tone and abundant skill. His other number was some variations by Boehlmann, of which not even the pretty air nor Mr. Gerardy's luscious tone could excuse the intolerable length. Humperdinck, the lion of the opera house these days, led the orchestra in two compositions of his own which were agreeable and were orchestrated with great ingenuity and taste, but will hardly efface the memories of the composer's "Hansel and Gretel." Olive Fremstad was the chief singer, and was really brilliant in one of her encore songs. Mr. Journet made a like hit with the perpetual "Toreador," which he sang rather slowly for an encore. Mr. Goritz sang an aria from "Hans Heiling," which made one wonder that this opera, so popular in Germany, is never heard here. If it has many airs like that which Mr. Goritz sang, it would surely go. Jacque Bars sang a tenor air from "Pagliacci," and the orchestra under Hertz played daintily the overture from "Mignon" and with superb power Tchaikovsky's "Marche Slave."



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