Cuddio Rhestr Erthyglau

12 erthygl ar y dudalen hon

The Christmas Oratorios.


The Christmas Oratorios. Impressions of a Visitor. I should be very grateful, Mr. Editor, if you would kindly allow me a little space in your valuable paper to give Rliondda people a, few impressions made upon the writer by the choral singing of the Rhondda. On Christmas night, I heard the Tonypandy Harmonic Society gllve "Aciis and Galatea." I must con- gratulate the conductor of this choir on ins having such nne material to work upon, and on his hue training of the cnoriis, winch sang throughout with delightful taste and delicate judgment. Wretched Lovers was really well sung, and the audience insisted on having an encore. The' work of the choir was even better in the miscellaneous part. Dies Üæ" and "Hail, Bright Abode" were iiotn sung with marked effect. The 0 relies era was quite mediocre compared with the chorus. The artistes all acquit- ted themselves with credit. I have never heard Miss Emily Breare sing better than in this concert; her voice was clear as a crystal, and all her work was marked with good taste, and fine -enunciation. Mr. Uwilym Richards has done better, but he icached quite a high standard. I was particularly pleased with Mr. W. Richards' performance; his singing of that trying •solo, 0 ruddier than the cherry," was especially praiseworthy. I hope this choir will continue to aspire after greater suc- cess, and that, next time, they will take a more difficult and larger work. On the afternoon of the 26th, I visited .lea;-ctiv to hear the Noddfa Choral Society—reputed to be one of the finest in the Principality—give Gounod's Redemption." I was rather disappointed with the work of this choir, and more so I ia v. ith the work of the artistes. Miss Maria i: ell a ud was the best of a very moderate quartet. The orchestra was the largest cne in the three concerts I heard. But the orchestration of this work is written for even a larger and fuller orchestra. orchestra was also rather often quite subversive of discipline, and this militated against the work of the soloists. The best effort of the choir was in the last chorus of the first part, For us the Christ is made a victim availing." The voices were very rich and powerful, except for the dulnoss of the male portion. The render- ings were not marked with good taste. The tempo was nearly uniform through- out the work, and there was in most of the choruses a lack of dignity and depth of feeling, which is such a characteristic of this work, was almost entirely wanting. There was also hardly any perceptible modulation of tone in any one item. It is very bad form for a conductor from his ) ostrum to shout to orchestra or choristers during a performance. Having read reports of previous con- certs by this Society, my' expectations were consequently high, but I was dis- appointed. Musical people patronising concerts of this kind are often sadly dis- appointed after having read glowing accounts, written either by partisans' or unmusical people. This kind of thing is not to be encouraged, for it has a ten- dency to promote a spirit of laissez- laire," and is detrimental to good pro- gress. Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise." If the concert was an excep- tion to the general rule, I would give this Society the words of Confucius: Our greatest glory is not in never failing; but in rising every time we fall." The same evening, I visited Forth, and lieara the Porth Harmonic Society give Haydn's Creation." The promoters of tins concert could not have been more happy in their choice of artistes, the trio being the best artistes in the whole series of concerts heard. A feature of this per- formance was the skilful manipulation of the grand organ, which helped greatly to make up for deficiencies in the orchestra, which, for such a chorus, was totally in- adequate. The choir did not open as well as could be expected, the intonation of the sopranos being faulty. But in the second chorus, Despairing cursing, rage," they did brilliantly. The ensemble of the chorus was truly effective also in The heavens are telling" and "Achieved Is the glorious work." Mr, David Hughes: rich voice and fine declamatory power were heard to advan- tage in Rolling in foaming billows and Now heaven in fullest." I was very Pleased to' hear Mr. Spencer Thomas after his success at the Leeds Festival. He is Undoubtedly one of the tenors of the future, possessing a rich, mellow voice of the robust type. His singing throughout Was splendid, and in "In Tative Worth" he was a great success. I was particularly pleased to hear Miss Ethel Lister uphold the honour of our old country in the com- pany of sujch illustrious Welsh artistes. Her beautiful voice was heard to great advantage in With verdure clad and On mighty pens." Her high notes in The marv'llous work were exquisite. She is rapidly climbing to a, foremost place among soprano singers of our day. I hope next year to visit this part again, and I only hope that my next visit will be as enjoyable as the last. SEMI-BREVE.

Tivoii, Pent re.

-------------. Ferndale.

. Children's Concerts at Penygraig.


BodHngallt .Eisteddfod.