Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
Theodore Thomas [see also Thomas Orchestra]
Chamber (includes Solo), Orchestral
19 February 2016
“The third Sunday concert, which took place last evening, was but a duplicate in attendance and enthusiasm of the previous one. SCHUBERT’S symphony sonate for the piano, written for the orchestra by KARL KLAUSER, and zealously performed by Mr. THEODORE THOMAS’ devoted band, was one of the remarkable things of the programme. Nothing more original, characteristic and beautiful ever came from the untiring pen of SCHUBERT; but it is an open question if KLAUSER assisted him to popular appreciation by what he has done with this piece. From Mme. ROSA the audience last night had an aria from Bach, with violoncello obligato by Mr. BERGNER, and GABRIEL’S song’When the Pape, Pale Moon,’ both of which were redemanded. DE MEYER was heard at pleasant work in his familiar ‘Nocturne’ and fantasia on ‘Lucia,’ and Mr. HENNING [sic] pleased greatly with his performance of GOLTERMAN’S concerto for the violoncello in A Minor.”
Leopold Meyer is the biggest attraction at this time. Although not every judge would give him the highest marks, he clearly plays every piece with a beauty unmatched by others. His touch is tender, his technique “colossal”; never has a grand piano sounded more beautiful than in the Meyer concerts. Equally impressive was the violinist Rosa. He played Tartini’s “Teufelssonate” [“Devil’s Trill”] with surprising strength and a brilliant technique.