Hermann Klein in Queen's Hall - 1899

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, page 454:

This same year, by the way, witnessed the brief “Perosi craze”. How that purely artificial vogue ever came to extend beyond the walls of the Italian churches no one knows. At least it should have stopped short at Paris, which was as far as the youthful abbe himself contrived to get on his road to London. But for a time the “craze" raged in England with the virulence of an epidemic, and many sane musicians persuaded themselves that the new oratorio composer was a genius of the first magnitude. His “Transfiguration", his “Raising of Lazarus," and his “Resurrection of Christ" were all performed at the London Musical Festival which Robert Newman started at Queen's Hall in May; while his “Passion of Christ" was given at the Norwich Festival in the autumn. In each instance, however, there was felt a keen sense of disappointment. At best Perosi's works could appeal only to the ear amid ecclesiastical surroundings, and even there their woeful lack of originality was bound to irritate the critical listener.

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 454. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438598938260 accessed: 9 May, 2021

location of experience: Queen's Hall

Listeners

Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer
1856-1934

Listening to

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Transfiguration
written by Lorenzo Perosi
performed by Robert Newman
Raising of Lazarus
written by Lorenzo Perosi
performed by Robert Newman
Resurrection of Christ
written by Lorenzo Perosi
performed by Robert Newman

Experience Information

Date/Time 1899
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:48:58 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:52:01 +0100