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HANDEL TO ELGAR.

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HANDEL TO ELGAR. —— SAMSON AFTER "THE I APOSTLES." j I CONTRAST IN STYLES AT I  SWANSEA. } I With "The Apostles" fresh in one's ears there was a renewed interest in going to bear Handel's Samson," which Bethesda Chapel Choir produced under the baton of Mr. T. G. Thomas at Swansea on Thursday night. Between the two works music was virtually created anew. And that is the re- markable thing about the art. It is old enough, it is true—probably the Aurigna- oian tenants of Bacon's Hole were as fond of beating the tom-tom 3ft they were of daubing red ochre on the walls (vide Messrs. Breuil and Soil as) a la Johnny Bale (vide Mr. John Hodgens). But whilst the sculptor's tools remain what they were when Phidias laid4 down his chisel, a.nd the painter's implements remain what they were when Monna Lisa's enig- matic smile (of which the only thing that can be said with any certitude is that it is a a i- ey saucy) was put upon canvas, music has changed beyond recognition BETWEEN HANDEL AND ELGAR. Nelson would be no more astonished at the sight ofa super-Dreadnought, or Stephenson by a Daimler or Rolls Royce, than would Handel be on hearing the modern orches- tra and modern orchestration, the new forms, new harmony, new instruments, and new usee for old ones aU devised since his time. Of the performance it need but be said that it was a very good example of chapel choir sinking—rounded rather than sharp at the edges, vigorous, enthusiastic, and plaun- sailing. The soloists were Miss Jenny EIIm and Mits Blodwen Jones, Messrs. Breiiag Jones and Tom Bonnell; and Mr. Willie Roberts' orchestral band provided A SOOTHING AND PLEASING BACKGROUND. The venerable old soli, Honour and Arms," "Total Eclipse," Let the Bright Seraphim," and so on, were- all highly en- joyed, and the audience was particularly demonstrative after a fine rendition of the big soprano aria by Miss Ellis-albeåt one must say that the men's elocution was clearer upon the whole than the ladies. i These Welsh chapel concerts have an at- mosphere of their own. One is amongst a homely, warm-hearted people, all bent upon anjoying themselves to the utmost; fiped with a smiling, genial pleasure in the achievements of their choir, and frankly enjoying themselveg with a freshness that is much rarer than might be supposed even in these days of pleasure-seeking in exeelsis. They lick their lips over a. clear high B, like connoisseurs, and are ALMOST ROUSED TO POSITIVE CHEERS by a fortissimo.whilst in the corners of the chapel one seer, enthusiasts wagging their heads with unaffected delight over some fa- miliar aria followed in the pages of a dog- eared score. The Welsh rre an old. old pecple, but in their pleasures they can be ocoa.sionally as artlessly exmbefranit as ehil- dfen, and as exhilarating to be amongst. "HARMON [■

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