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Great Performance at the Crystal Palace.

- The great and abiding popularity of the Handel Festivals at Sydenham is a fact with a lesson, which has not been lost upon tho directors of the Crystal Palace. It would be more correct, perhaps, to say that there are two lessons-one having reference to the unshaken supremacy of Handel among the composers taken into favor by our English masses, tho other indicating that the public can never tire or the unique effects which the Handel orchestra and tho centre transept make possible. It was at one time feared that no music savo that of the Saxon master would draw an audience of festival proportions, bub when thi3 matter came to the test it appeared that the woik performed signified little by comparison with the attraction of harmonious sound carried ns a mathematician might say, to the nth dimension. Gounod's' 'Redemption' and Sullivan's ' Golden Legend' wero successively given with SU3OO3S, and, on Saturday last (June 22) Mendelssohn's ' Elijah was added to the list, under conditions and with a result eminently satisfactory. Tho term just used is, of course, applied with a C3itain qualification. It would be absurd to contend that any work into which solos enter can be perfectly heard under the great glass roof. Solos there, in point of fact, are but tolerable ; while choruses are enjoyable —a3 oases, so to speak, in a waste of almost indefinite sound. Suitable or unsuitable, ' Elijah' attracted some 24,133 persons, and the performance, no matter how much of it was made vague by space, unquestionably gave great pleasure to the vast assembly. Mr Manus had no difficulty iu gathering sufficient force for hi 3 purpose. The metropolis can supply him with any number of trained choristers, and he actually enlisted as many as 2,9oo—namely, 750 sopranos, 750 altos, 950 basses, and 650 tenors. These, with 309 instrumentalists, brought the total of performers considerably over 3,000. It is almost superfluous to say that with such magnificent means an impressive rendering of the choral numbers was given. Tho solos, though of secondary importance under the circumstances, were in the b<;st available hands those of Madame Albani, Madame Patey, Mr Lloyd, and Mr Foli.—'Telegraph.'

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Great Performance at the Crystal Palace., Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889, Supplement

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Great Performance at the Crystal Palace. Evening Star, Issue 8000, 31 August 1889, Supplement

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