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MENDELSSOHN'S HYMN OF PRAISE.…

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MENDELSSOHN'S HYMN OF PRAISE. MUSICAL SOCIETY'S PERFORMANCE. On Tuesday evening the Chester Musical Society gave their second subscription concert of the season before a large and appreciative audience. The programme', like that of the last two concerts, was again a varied one. The principal work performed was Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise," and it is pleasing to note that at least one of the soloists was a Oestrian, in the person of Madame Agnes Croxton, whose clear soprano voice has eo often delighted Cheeier audiences. The first soprano part was sung by Miss Esta D'argo. Her voice is rich and strong in quality, and her higher notes were characterised by a resonanec, and depth which is moro often found in contralto voices. It was therefore in good contrast to the slightly thinner tones of Madame Croxton, and the re- sult in the duct work was a most pleasing com- r bination. Mr. Harold Wilde (tenor) was a great succcss, and his rendsring of "Tho Sor- rows of death" proved him to be a tenor of the first rank. A notable foature- of all three eolo- ists was the absence of the unwritten tremolo. Of tho chorus nothing but praise can be said. The essentials of good part-singing, clearness of articulation, strict time and phrasing (with- out which the former is impo -ible), perfe-ct balance of the voice parts, wore all in evidence, and their entire work, while reflecting credit on themselves, was a testimony of blio skill of their able conductor, Dr. J. C. Bridge. Tho symphony was efficiently performed by a large professional orchestra, who a1 so played tho "Danze Piemontesi" (Sinig-a,g-lia). The chorus also sang a madrigal, "To take the air" (Farmer, 1600), and a Serenade, "Stars of the Summer Night" (Elgar). These compositions I were sung consecutively, and tire audience was therefore enabled to make a direct comparison of representative music of both the 16th and 20th centuries. The madrigal is a beautiful composition, bearing with it an old-world air which is quite unmistakable, and suggesting to the mind a Christmas carol. The serenade might be described as a romantic work, and of course quite different in character to the madrigal; both were excellently sung. Miss Esjfca D'argo also gave three songs in the first part of th9 programme, "Ritorna Vincitor (Aida), by Verdi, "Songs my Mother taught me" (by Dvorak), and "One Spring Morning" (by Nevin), all of which were artistically ren- dered, the first one, a very gay ballad, being perhaps the most popular. Quite an ovation was accorded Mr. Vivian Burrows, solo violinist, who played Mendelssohn's Violin Concert (in E minor) and Andante and Rondo Capriccio (for violin and orchestra), by Saint Saens. His performance of these long and difficult pieces was excellent, and won for him unstinted ad- miration.

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