Chamber (includes Solo)
25 April 2016
“The first matinee, or morning concert, as it is oddly named, of Messrs. Pease and Severini took place yesterday afternoon at three o’clock, in the smaller hall of Messrs. Steinway. The audience was rather small and consisted primarily of ladies. Mr. Alfred Pease played the Polka de la Reine, by Raff, and his Crispino e la Comare duet with Mr. Colby. The polka is more attractive than Raff’s works generally are, and possesses some very brilliant points, which were well brought out by Mr. Pease. The Crispino duet, of which we spoke on a previous occasion, is showy and brilliant and neatly worked up, with the exception of the finale, a rather commonplace ending of such a metitorious transcription. Signor Severini has many good notes in his voice, but the upper ones are harsh, nasal and susceptible of little expression. He sang Fra poco a me, however, better than might be expected from such a voice. Miss Kate McDonald sang Kücken’s ‘Tear’ with the sweetness of expression and taste that characterizes her voice.”
“Mr. Pease and Signor Severini gave their first matinée at the above hall, on Monday, before a fair audience, composed almost wholly of ladies—a compliment which those artists should appreciate. The procession delayed (Evacuation day) Mr. A. A. [sic] Pease for nearly half an hour. Signor Severini, however, apologized in a very easy and pointed manner, and sang his ‘bird song’ very charmingly in his place. He also sang ‘Fra poco a me’ and the Lucia duo with Miss McDonald in a very chaste and expressive manner. He scarcely uses his falsetto at all now, reserving it for particular point of effect, when it tells well. He was very warmly applauded, but did not acknowledge the encore.
Miss Kate McDonald sang a very charming song by Abt in a sweet and expressive manner. Her voice sounded singularly beautiful in the small hall, and she sang in a subdued style, and yet most expressively and effectively. We never heard Mr. A. H. Pease play so well. He exhibited fancy, delicacy and brilliance; his passages were accurate and but for the occasional use of too much physical force, his performance deserved nothing but praise. His Crispino duet with Mr. Colby was, as usual, a decided success.”