Bergner Annual Concert: 4th

Event Information

Irving Hall

Price: $1

Event Type:
Chamber (includes Solo)

Performance Forces:
Instrumental, Vocal

Record Information


Last Updated:
23 August 2017

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

02 Apr 1868, 8:00 PM

Program Details

Only two movements of Mendelssohn’s Op. 12 were performed; the citations do not identify which these movements were.

Performers and/or Works Performed

aka Meditation, prelude, for piano, organ and cello; Meditation on Bach's Prelude No. 1
Composer(s): Gounod
aka Reminiscences de Lucrezia Borgia
Composer(s): Liszt
Composer(s): Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
aka Zwölf Gedichte, op. 35, no. 3, Wanderlied
Composer(s): Schumann
Participants:  Maria Scoville Brainerd
aka Dedication
Composer(s): Franz
Participants:  Maria Scoville Brainerd
aka Non e ver; Tis not true
Composer(s): Mattei
Participants:  Maria Scoville Brainerd
aka Russian fantasie
Composer(s): Piatti
Participants:  Frederick Bergner


Advertisement: New York Herald, 30 March 1868.
Advertisement: New-York Times, 30 March 1868, 7.
Announcement: New-York Times, 02 April 1868, 4.
Announcement: New-Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold, 02 April 1868, 8.
Review: New York Post, 03 April 1868.

“If a large and well-pleased audience, and smoothness and finish in the performance, are marks of a successful concert, then Mr. Bergner’s last night at Irving Hall must be termed a very successful one. The artists who assisted Mr. Bergner are all old friends of the public, and need, therefore, no special mention here. Messrs. Thomas, Mills, Mosenthal, Matzka and Letsch have established reputations, and last night fully sustained them. Miss Brainerd, as the soloist, sang the ‘Wanderer’s Song,’ by Schumann, the ‘Dedication,’ by Franz, and the charming romanza ‘Non è ver,’ Mr. Bergner was enthusiastically received and heartily recalled, after his superb playing of Piatti’s Russian Fantasie. Altogether it was a very pleasant concert.”

Review: Dwight's Journal of Music, 11 April 1868, 224.

“On Thursday evening, April 2nd, Mr. Fr. Bergner gave his 4th Annual Concert in Irving Hall. He was assisted by Messrs. S. B. Mills, Theo. Thomas, Mosenthal, G. Matzka, Liesgesang, Pfeiffenschneider, F. Letsch, and Miss Maria Brainerd. The interesting features of the programme were two movements from one of Mendelssohn’s early quartets (Op. 12, written in 1828), and the Andante with variations from the Beethoven Quatuor, op. 18, No. 5.

Mr. Bergner in his two solos displayed the same ease and carefulness of execution, together with the fine, pure tone, which have always been the most noteworthy characteristics of his artistic excellence. His best effort was his performance (as an encore) of Gounod’s Meditation upon Bach’s Prelude in C Major. Mr. Mills gave us the wearisome Liszt Fantasia upon Lucrezia Borgia and a potpourri of his own. The audience numbered some five hundred.”