Chamber (includes Solo)
11 August 2016
“…The fourth and last of Messrs. Mason and Thomas’s Soirées of Chamber Music was heard at Steinway’s on Thursday last. Beethoven’s Sonata (piano and violoncello), op. 69; Mozart’s String Quartet, B flat, No. 3; Schumann’s Piano Trio, D minor—made up an unsurpassed programme--rehearsed with distinguished ability by a quintet of musicians whose services are of the highest importance to our local music—Mason, Thomas, Mosenthal, Matzke, and Bergner—good players all of them, and all excellent in concert. They have finished a labor of love; much of which has been its own exceeding great reward; and now it is fit to be said that no work whatever of the present season of music has been of higher credit to the culture of our musicians than the classical soirées just closed. We regret that untoward circumstances have prevented the press and the public from extending to so good an enterprise a more cordial recognition.”
“…Messrs. Mason and Thomas’ fourth and last soirée of Chamber Music was given at Steinway’s Rooms on Thursday. The sonata in A, op. 69, by Beethoven; Mozart’s string quartette in B flat, No. 3; and Schumann’s trio for violin, piano and violoncello, in D minor, op. 63, made up the programme, which received the closest attention from the usual critical and absorbed audience which attends these soirées. It is to be regretted that the present series of chamber concerts should have to be so brief. No musical entertainments of the season are more elaborately rehearsed, or more perfectly performed than these; and although recent programmes have contained nothing new, yet the familiar works have been less attentively followed.”
The artists have not offered anything new this season; however, they deserve recognition for the continuous development of good taste for the dignified old music with a dignified performance. As we were told, Thomas will depart next Thursday for a short visit in London and Paris, and will then travel on to Germany, where he will spend his summer vacation.