John Liptrot Hatton
Price: $1 reserved
12 December 2017
Brief. "The second [sic] Wednesday popular concert takes place at the same hall [Steinway Hall] on Wednesday next. We shall take another opportunity of referring to the programme."
"Wednesday Popular Concert.--The second [sic] Wednesday popular concert takes place at Steinway Hall to-night, when all the artists of the Bateman troupe again take part in the programme. This will be the last opportunity of hearing Mme. Parepa, Signor Brignoli, &c., the groupe taking its departure immediately for Philadelphia, Baltimore and the Southwest. It is the only occasion too when such artists can be heard at popular prices--fifty cents."
The concerts of Harrison & Bateman have been attracting large audiences and are the highlights of the winter season. The audience members are dressed in fancy wardrobe, which shows that even the wealthy people prefer to pay less admission.
Brief. “A physician’s certificate was read by Mr. Bateman to excuse the absence of Signor Brignoli.”
“The announcement of the last appearance of Madame Parepa and the other fine artists of the Bateman Concert Company had the effect of drawing out a vast attendance last night, at the Wednesday evening popular concert at Steinway’s Hall. Just such a throng should have been present every night that they appeared. It was a brilliant and enthusiastic audience and certainly the excellence of the performance fully justified the enthusiasm so warmly expressed.
Madame Parepa, the reigning Queen of the Concert room, was in superb voice, and we all know how superb that voice is in its rich and melodious purity. We have rarely heard her sing so well, and doubt if she ever surpassed her performance of last evening. Her ‘Qui la voce’ was a model for grace, expression and melodious purity. No one can carry the voice so finely, and no artist that we are acquainted with at present has so thorough and so easy a control of every vocal resource. She was rapturously encored, and responded by singing in her most simple but finished manner Arne's lovely aria, ‘Where the Bee Sucks.’ Madame Parepa was successful in all her selections, and never even in her first engagement was the enthusiasm of the public more warm and more genuine.
Brignoli not having recovered from the sickness from which he has suffered for several days, was unable to appear; some dissatisfaction was expressed, but the production of Dr. Carnochan's certificate by Mr. Bateman satisfied every one.
Mr. S. B. Mills played Liszt's ‘Midsummer Night's Dream’ in a brilliant, accurate and effective manner, and won a hearty encore, to which he responded by playing his very sweet Morceau de Salon, Murmuring Fountains.
Signori Fortuna and Ferranti and Carl Rosa came in for a full share of the public admiration and deserved the reception they met with. This concert, with the exception of the Brignoli disappointment, was a complete and brilliant success, and makes us regret that we are to lose these admirable artists for an indefinite period.”