Amy Fay in Berlin - March, 1870

from Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era, pages 54-55:

After dinner I went with my hostess to hear Mendelssohn's Oratorio of St. Paul. It is a great work, a little tedious as a whole, but with wonderfully beautiful numbers interspersed through it. There are several lovely chorales in it. I was disappointed in the performance, though, for in the first place there is no organ in the Sing-Akademie, and I consider the effect of the organ and the drums indispensable to an oratorio; and in the second, the solos all seemed to me indifferently sung. The choruses were faultless, however. They understand how to drill a chorus here!
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Amy Fay, Music-Study in Germany: The Classic Memoir of the Romantic Era (2011), p. 54-55. accessed: 1 June, 2023

location of experience: Berlin


Amy Fay

Listening to

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Oratorio of St Paul
written by Felix Mendelssohn

Experience Information

Date/Time March, 1870
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:43:37 +0000