Manager / Director:
Lafayette F. Harrison
Chamber (includes Solo)
29 December 2019
“Irving Hall.-- Miss Theresa Carreño’s début, on Tuesday night, more than fulfilled the promise of her private performances, to which we have before referred. She deserves to be ranked, not as a child-wonder, who at the age of eight years has vanquished nearly all the technical difficulties of the piano, but as an artist of first-class sensibility. Her perception of musical meaning; the clearness with which she sees, and the delicate skill with which she executes passages that are ornate or obscure, belong only to the better rank of performers, and are in fact characteristics that cannot be attained by study. It is not difficult to trace in the charming face and graceful figure of this beautiful child the indications of an extraordinary nature, and music--as plainly--is one of its healthiest and most genuine manifestations. She has an instinct for art which leads her to its beauties, and overcomes all obstacles in her search for them. Three pieces–without counting the encores–so different in style as those on Miss Carreño's programme, would have taxed the powers of the best player. They were interpreted easily by the young lady–with abundant technical skill, good force and quality of tone, and the nicest of expression. Her success was of course complete, but not more so than the admirable merit of the performance justified.
The concert in other respects was as such things always are under Mr. Harrison’s management–excellent. Madame D'Angri, the famous contralto, sang two pieces with faultless skill, and tumultuous success; Mr. Wm. Castle was in good voice and contributed his share to the pleasure of the occasion, and Messrs. Theodore Thomas and Signor Abella imparted completeness and artistic tone to the whole.”
“At Irving Hall, the child pianist, Teresa Carreno has appeared to large audiences with great success. Among those present were the connoisseurs and musical critics of the city. They loudly applauded the ease, skill and self-possession with which she executed a rondo of Hummel, the Prayer from ‘Moses in Egypt,’ as played by Thalberg, and other difficult morceaux. She is certainly a wonderful pianist for one of her years. Mme. D’Angri, Mr. Castle, the tenor, and M. Abella lent the aid of their talents to the success of the ‘Carreno’ concert.”