14 April 1907

The end of the season is in sight. The number of concerts is dropping: it looks like mostly voice recitals this week. There are a few high-profile concerts coming up before May, but just a few. I still don’t understand this feast-or-famine approach. Why can’t the concerts be spread out more over the year? The Berlin concert season of October through April is referred to as the winter season; perhaps prolonging it would be like…

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28 March 1907

My list of opera and operetta offerings has been incomplete thus far! This is because the Tageblatt has not been including the Komische Oper or the Lortzing Theater. For tonight, the Komische is doing Hoffmann’s Erzählungen, and Der Troubadour at the Lortzing can be added to Die Lustige Witwe at the Theater des Westens and Die Glocken von Corneville at the Central-Theater. The Königliche Kapelle’s Hauptprobe for their last symphony concert is at the opera…

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22 March 1907

It’s Friday, and there are three big events tonight: Teresa Carreño is giving her only concert in Berlin this year; Felix Weingartner is premiering a symphony by Christian Sinding, and Robert Robitschek is conducting “modern tone poems” by Dvorák, Humperdinck, and himself.  Ah, Madame Carreño! She has been a favorite since her debut with the Philharmonic in 1889. In fact, she has been soloist on the subscription concerts more often than anyone since, except D’Albert.…

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21 March 1907

Today (Thursday) we have Ludwig Wüllner giving his seventh concert of the 1906-07 season. It includes Wagner’s “5 Gedichte,” Strauss’s Notturno, with Joseph Van Veen playing violin obligato, 5 Lieder by Anna Cramer, Lieder by Mendelssohn and Strauss, and to conclude, Max Schillings’s Das Hexenlied. This is a sample of Wüllner’s rendition of the Hexenlied. All 27 minutes of the work is available on YouTube and is highly recommended. The violinist Alessandro Certani is giving…

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20 March 1907

Sometime over the last year I had the idea of a day-by-day account of 1907’s concerts. Then I realized I would not have enough time to post every day. Well, now I do! The middle of March is getting toward the end of the season already. After May 1st it’s basically done. So let’s see how far I get with “On this day, 113 years ago.” The young Rumanian pianist, Aurelia Cionca (1886-1962), receives excellent…

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Concerts in November 1907

A bumper crop of violinists There were 169 concerts this month. One of the highlights was the debut of eighteen-year-old violinist Efrem Zimbalist, who gave three concerts and won unanimous praise from the critics. His programs included the Brahms Violin Concerto; his performance almost forty years later with Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra can be heard here. But fellow teenagers Mischa Elman, Franz von Vecsey, Vivien Chartres, Kathleen Parlow, and Edith von Voigtländer also…

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Concerts in September and October 1907

There were 172 concerts in the month of October and the last 9 days of September, considerably more than earlier months. As usual, the most of any type were the 41 solo voice concerts; piano had 30 and violin 16. There were 18 of what I have labeled “mixed,” usually a concert of two soloists, such as voice and violin. Besides the solo concerts, there were 25 orchestra concerts, 21 chamber, 10 choral, 5 vocal…

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