11 August 2016
“This excellent artist gave her annual concert at Steinway Hall on Monday evening, before a very large audience. The programme was a short but pleasant one, the artists being Mrs. Marie Abbott, Miss Matilda Toedt, Mr. Steine [sic] and Mr. Alfred H. Pease.
Mrs. Abbott has voice of fine quality [sic] and of considerable power, which she uses tastefully and expressively. She has been well educated, and is a thoroughly trustworthy and pleasing singer. She was wretchedly accompanied on this occasion, and any one less assured and self-reliant would have become embarrassed under the infliction. But Mrs. Abbott did justice to herself and was heartily encored and applauded throughout.
Miss Matilda Toedt is rapidly gaining power as a violinist. She has a pure sympathetic tone, and plays with much expression and tenderness, and her execution is rapidly becoming clear, brilliant, and decisive. She was loudly encoured [sic] in her first selection, and replied to it by playing in a smooth and sweet manner a paraphrase of Gottschalk’s ‘Cradle Song.’
Mr. Alfred H. Pease played his arrangement of Crispino in a manner by no means satisfactory. It seemed to us that he has become so used to perform the same piece as a duet that he launched out on his primo, forgetting that there was no second piano part, which was equal to giving your guests the trimmings and omitting the turkey. Mr. Pease was, however, encored and responded by playing another of his well-known compositions.
Mr. Stein has a rich and powerful baritone voice, and sings carefully and expressively.”