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DUNEDIN LIEDERTAFEL, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
The rii: mbership evidently keeps up, and tlioio stems to bo an inticasing desire on the part of the • unenrolk*] public to all-end the concerts. Last night, at the 108 th conceit, every teat in Burns Hall was occupied. It looked like a record house, and an inquiry of tho treasurer discloses a- statement that such was the fact. Mr Tiruson conducted, also assumed general direction, and he knows his duties. Mr C. A. .Martin was at tho piano, and we congratulate this clover young musician upon his work generally, particularly iu that he attentively listened and. graded the iu-trument to the voices.
KempteFs ‘ The Forge,’ tho opening paii-song, was .splendidly sung. The Lioikrtal'd were at the top of their form. The ringing wis compact, well balanced, perfect as to tone and pitch, the words dear, the cut-offs cleverly done. Nothing could be nicer. Do Rifle's ‘ Autumn Evening ’ (unaccompanied) was almost as good. Tho richness of the second bass and the lovely expression were features of singing that'was full of quality. ‘A Morning hcrenado ’ (l.ndolfs) followed, and in this, stiangely enough, nothing went well. The soloists were uncertain and shaky, body was lest, and the men did not seem to he hearing the piano, for at tho end of the first voice the chord badly offended sensitive ears. The first and second verses of ‘For Home and Liberty’ (Acton) were capitally sung—attack and release irreproachable, a- flue sense of animation, tho scene spiritedly pictured. In tho soft verso tho singers quite lost hold of tho music. It was not good pianissimo, but merely a pulling off of weight, which is quite' a different thing. Breadth was wanting. The final verso was also poorly sung. "Some forgiving patrons prolonged their clapping by a stroke or two, find they conveyed the idea that an encore was asked for.’ The repetition of tho _ two weakly-sung verses was no more satisfactory than before. ‘Tho Viking’s Tarewell’ (Knowles) does not call for much comment. Individual voices were too prominent. especially a tenor who was consistently flat, arid tho interpretation was labored. Tho next part-song, ‘ln Picardie’ (Osgood), gave much pleasure. A groat deal depended on the tenors, and they proved tollable right up to tho sustained B flats. The character of tho composition was beautifully realised, and the singing such as will he thankfully remembered, it’being noticed that tho men were listening to each other. In ’The Beleaguered’ (Sullivan) there seemed to be rather too much anxiety to pet everything in at a rushing pace. Tho singers did it, but at a heavy cost, for tho sense of dignity wac sacrificed. There was, however, some nice octavo singing in the second verse. ‘ Nazareth.’ as arranged by Max Yogrich, was the last part-song. Wo have liked it better at previous concerts. On this occasion it was characterised by sleepiness, and somo of tho audience thought the tempo rather alow. The relieving items were interesting. Mr W. E. AIK inlay sang ‘Eieanore’ tastefully, and in reply to the encore gave a fresh interpretation of the !>oat song that Default introduced here. Mr M'Kinlay is improving fast. Wo compliment him on his breath management and on his rare pnriiv of tone. Miss R. Carr sang ‘The Waking of Spring ’ and two of Liza Lehman’s bird songs, and was encored each time, adding ‘Bose Softly Blooming’ (which slm knows thoroughly) and ‘ Whore the Bee Sucks ’ (which as yet appears to he onlv partuilly studied). Miss Carr seems to bo cultivating softness, and there is now much meaning in her singing. Once or twice last night her intervals were not quite right, but that may he only a parsing defect due to nervousness. Mr’ dV. Gommell's song, 1 Didst Thou But Know,’ was gloriously fine and musicianly, every bar a study, and yet no symptom of anxiety. Tie has Andrew Black's methods. ‘ Maire My Girl’ was his encore, and hero again the result was satisfying save as fo the pronunciation of “girl.” Variety was afforded by dir S. It. Osborn’s reciting. lie gave with stirring effect Henry W-- speech at Agincourt and ‘Drake’s Drum.’ Mr Martin, besides accompanyiw. 'drived pianoforte polos. He chose f’"’ Mac Dowell’s 'To a dVatcrlily’ and a polonaise by the same empower, and then, replying to an encore, played tho impromptu study with which he- won first prize for coninosition at the Auckland competitions. Mr Martin is certainly a very promising young player, one who has studied to adv ullage, and he may rise to rank.
DUNEDIN LIEDERTAFEL, Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
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