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NORWICH MUSICAL FESTIVAL. This festival commenced on Monday evening with Judas Macmbceus, a great work calling forth the energies of the principal vocalists, the band, and the painstaking chorus. The power of the last may be inferred from the fact that it comprises 76 trebles, 60 altos 64 tenors, and 75 basses, or 275 voices in all but these mere numbers would not count for much if laborious study and practice were not brought to bear also. Adopting a policy successfully carried out in 1860, the committee reduced the prices of admission to 5s. and 103. 6d.; and many persons had thus an opportunity of hearing a first-class performance of a standard oratorio which would net possibly have come under their notice under other circumstances. The hall presented a highly animated and attractive spec- tacle. The performance commenced with the Na- tional Anthem, in honour of which the audience rose en masse. The solos were sustained by Mdlle. Titiens Miss Palmer, Mr. Montem Smith, and Mr. Weiss; and the choruses, as was to be expected, were vigorous. The special feature of the evening was Judas Macca- bæus. It is fertile in recitatives, duets, and airs, in which openings are found for soprano, contralto, tenor, and bass; and the part of Judas allotted to Mr. Sims Reeves -that of Simon, his brother, being sustained by Mr. Weiss and Mr. Santley-was well designed to draw upon the powers of the great tenor, who appeared in excellent voice. Mdlle. Titiens gave the air, Pious orgies," with much feeling and devotional expression, and Mr. Weiss, as Simon, infused becoming energy and "a spirit into the stimulating "Arm, arm, ye brave." Mdlle. Titiens was charming in the air "From mighty kings he took the spoil"—so charming that she re- peated it. The air, Wise men flattering may deceive you," brought up Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, who created a favourable impression, as di& the duet sus- tained by Mdlle. Titiens and Miss Palmer, Oh never bow we down." Mr. Santley, it should have been stated, had previously given the air, "The Lord worketh wonders. In the third part a becoming ex- pression of devotional gratitude marked Miss Palmer's rendering of the air, "Father of heaven." The an^ ah-, So shall the lute," was allotted to Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, who took part with Miss Palmer and Mdlle. Titiens in the trio in honour of the conquering hero," in whose praise occur strains more familiar to English ears than perhaps any other portion of the whole work. In the exquisite duet, Oh, lovely peace," Madame Weiss and Miss Palmer appeared; while Mr. Santley wound up the evening with the air, "Rejoice, oh Judah," Mr. Weiss having previously given the stately" Peace to my country- men." The choruses were executed with the precision and vigour for which Norwich has attained some celebrity. The first miscellaneous concert on Tuesday evening was not attended quite so numerously as could have been desired, the side galleries and the patrons' seats presenting some rather awkward gaps, although the central area was well filled. The concert opened with the Pastoral Symphony of Beethoven. Mr. Sant- ley was warmly applauded for his spirited execution of the recitative and air, Oh ruddier. than the cherry," from Acis and Galatea. Madame Lemmens- Sherrington gave the air from the Amber Witch, My long hair is braided," with pleasing archness. Mr. Sims Reeves gave delightfully the song, "I had a message to send her," so delightfully that an encore was solicited; but Mr. Reeves is too old a hand to readily obey such behests, and he merely returned to the orchestra to bow his tha,nks. The remainder of the evening's performance does not call for any special remark. The staple features of Wednesday were Mr. Silas's new sacred drama, Joash, the Scene at the Gates of Nain," from Leslie's oratorio, Immanuel, and selec- tions from the Stabat Mater. In the sacred drama of Joash the words, with the- exception of portions from Scripture, are by Mr. S. Linley. The part of Joash was allotted to Miss Palmer, that of Jehoiada to Mr. Weiss, that of Zebiah to Madame Lemmens-Sherrington, and that of Atlialiah to Mdlle. Tietjens. The work created generally a fairly satisfactory impression, and the manner in which it was executed must have given satisfaction to Mr. Silas, who conducted in person. Madame Lemmens-Sherrington was especially pleasing and pathetic in the prayer, "Suffer not, 0 Lord," and Mdlle. Tietjens admirably expressed the mingled emotions of rage and fear in the air following the ruin of the ambitious schemes of Athaliah. The choruses reflected the painstaking study which the Norwich Choral Society has devoted to them. In the Scene at the Gates of Nain," the part of the widow was sustained by Miss Palmer; that of the son by Mr. Weiss; the solo, Jesus came nigh to the gate of the city," by Mr. Montem Smith, as was the suc- ceeding solo, "Jesus said." These were given with taste and delicacy, as was The Lord hath chastened me" (Mr. Weiss). The concluding solo, "I will extol thee, 0 God, my Lord," was sung by Miss Palmer, who then retired, however, for the morning, Mdlle. Trebelli taking her part in the Stabat Mater. >


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