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, and Karl Halir on violin.

In theaters tonight

Siegfried is the opera at the Königliche Oper.
Komische: Die Neugierige Frauen
Central: Der lustige Krieg
Theater des Westens: Die lustige Witwe
Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Mamselle Nitouche

More press reaction to Pelléas et Mélisande in Germany

Leopold Schmidt has a front-page review of the Frankfurt production of Pelléas et Mélisande in the Tageblatt. It is longer and more measured than yesterday’s review in the Vossische Zeitung, but ultimately just as negative. Schmidt is especially alienated by the vocal writing, which he describes as “a dreary declamation that not seldom falls into an archaic psalm-tone style. Thus is it cut off from the strongest means of expression in music, the melodic aspect, and with this example it again can be seen how the apparent progress of our moderns actually is a kind of atavism that returns to the lack of culture of earlier eras, negating the development of whole centuries.”1Leopold Schmidt, Berliner Tageblatt, Morgen-Ausgabe, 22 April 1907, pp. 1-2.

In other music news

  • Aino Ackté, the Finnish singer of the Paris Opera, played the title role of Salome in Leipzig. She is the first singer to perform the Dance of the Seven Veils from start to finish.
  • Richard Strauss has reached a royalties agreement with Paris for Salome.
  • The Ševčík Quartet is giving concerts in Constantinople.
  • The embattled conductor Felix Mottl has been honored in Munich and Salzburg.
  • The 170 members of the Vienna Männergesangverein have begun their journey to New York for performances there.

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