Category: Reviews of music

22 April 1907

The Singakademie’s last subscription concert, conducted by Georg Schumann, has five Bach cantatas on the program: “Der Geist hilft,” “Aus der Tiefe,” “Dem Gerechten muss das Licht,” “Ich elender Mensch,” and “Nun ist das Heil.” The other concert is the Chorus of the Königliche Oper, conducted by Hugo Rüdel, with soloists Emmy Destinn, Robert Philipp, […]

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21 April 1907

ConcertsThe baritone Hermann Gura is giving a Goethe-Loewe-Abend. He gave a Loewe-Abend last month also, on 27 March.The Mozart-Saal Orchester is giving a popular waltz concert.The Philharmonic’s popular concert features soloists Witek and Reitz.The Sing-Akademie’s noontime dress rehearsal of their final concert of the season consists of five Bach cantatas.Opera/OperettaSalome is at the Königliche Oper, […]

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Reactions to the Concerto for Violin and Cello, Op. 102 by Brahms

The Brahms Double Concerto was set up to be a success: there were plenty of well-wishers eager for another orchestral work from the famous composer. It featured the violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim, who had premiered Brahms’s Violin Concerto some years earlier, and Robert Hausmann, who had premiered Brahms’s Cello Sonata in F major the year […]

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Analysis of Brahms, Double Concerto, Op. 102

From: Max Kalbeck, Johannes Brahms. Bd. 4,1 (1886-91) (Berlin: Deutsche Brahms-Gesellschaft, 1914, 2nd ed.), 61-67. This is the handout for my talk, “The Problem of Genre and the Power of Narrative: the Case of the Double Concerto” for the conference “The Intellectual Worlds of Johannes Brahms,” UC Irvine, 1-3 February 2019. First Movement The plummeting […]

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The infamous Mr. Arthur M. Abell of the Musical Courier

  Arthur M. Abell (1868-1958) lived in Europe from 1890 to 1918. Starting in 1893 he was a Berlin correspondent for the Musical Courier. After the War he returned to New York and wrote for the New York Times and other outlets. Abell’s musical credentials included his training as a violinist. In 1895 he advertised for […]

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Strauss and Mahler in Berlin–on the same day

Richard Strauss accompanied his own lieder on the piano as part of an all Strauss concert on 14 February in the Beethovensaal. On the same day there was a “Mahler Abend” at the Künstlerhaus, where the composer himself accompanied Johannes Messchaert’s recital of a total of eighteen lieder: “Kindertotenlieder,” “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen,” four Rückert Lieder, and […]

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Three Berlin critics on Mahler’s Third Symphony in 1907

Premiere in Berlin of the Symphony No. 3 in D Minor, 14 January, Gustav Mahler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. Decadence (E.E. Taubert in Die Musik) That Mahler is a brilliant virtuoso in the treatment of the orchestra is known–to me he is even bolder than Richard Strauss in that respect. He strikes an entirely new […]

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