Saturday 1 June 1901 3:00PM

Ben Davies tenor; Harry Plunket Greene baritone; Vladimir de Pachmann piano

Parry, Beethoven and more

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  • Ben Davies tenor* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Harry Plunket Greene baritone* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Vladimir de Pachmann piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Landon Ronald accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut

The second of Wigmore Hall’s two invitation-only opening concerts took place the night after the first, with the programme being a mix of Romantic piano works, Lieder, and more contemporary English song – a combination that would be reflected in many concerts to come.

Ben Davies, who opened the evening with the National Anthem, had studied at the Royal College of Music and was by 1901 an established figure on the concert stage in England and America, while Harry Plunket Greene was a champion of English song and oratorio, with both Stanford and Parry dedicating works to him – the latter including the two songs he sang at this concert.

Ukrainian pianist Vladimir de Pachmann, represented by Bechstein at the time, performed some of the Chopin works for which he had become famous, as well as pieces by Schumann and Weber. The accompanist was British composer and conductor Landon Ronald, newly appointed musical advisor to the Gramophone Company (later HMV) and future principal of the Guildhall School of Music.

  • Anon
        • God Save the King
  • Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
        • Through the ivory gate
        • Why so pale and wan?
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
        • Adelaide Op. 46
  • Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
        • Piano Sonata No. 2 in A flat major Op. 39
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
      • Waldscenen Op. 82
        • No. 7 Vogel als Prophet
        • No. 8 Jagdlied
  • Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
        • Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major Op. 36
        • Mazurka in B flat major Op. 7 No. 1
        • Waltz in D flat major Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute'
  • Robert Schumann
        • Mondnacht Op. 39 No. 5
        • Du bist wie eine Blume Op. 25
        • Widmung Op. 25
  • Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
      • An Irish Idyll in 6 Miniatures Op. 77
        • The Fairy Lough
        • Johneen

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