Clare William Beames
1 November 2014
“Miss Brainerd’s concert at Dodworth’s last night was very largely attended. The absence of Mr. Thomas, violinist, caused some alteration in the programme; but as Mr. Pease, pianist, and Mr. Remi, an excellent basso, kindly did double duty, the deficiency was not so marked.
Miss Brainerd sang with all her skill, sweetness and fluency. Her facility of execution was evidenced in a charming rendering of the ‘Shadow Song’ in ‘Dinorah.’ And in Stigelli’s ‘Isolina’ and Gottschalk’s ‘Cradle Song’ she also merited and obtained hearty applause. Campana’s duet, ‘Guarda la [sic] bianca luna,’ with Remi, was another delightful vocal treat.
Mr. Pease played a Tannhäuser fantasia, a caprice by Raff, and his brilliant concert arrangement from ‘Faust.’ He also appeared before the audience as a composer, Miss Brainerd singing his song, “A Year’s Spinning”—a quaint, expressive melody, with a delicate arpeggio accompaniment, and (to give it the highest praise) worthy of Mrs. Browning’s words: . . .In response to the encore, Miss Brainerd sang Mr. Pease’s graceful music to Tennysons’s ‘Bugle Song.’”