Tuesday 19 November 1901 8:00PM

Clara Blumenthal piano; Lilian Foulis violin; Josef Popper tenor; Henry R. Bird accompanist

Nardini, Grieg, Chopin and more


  • Clara Blumenthal piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Lilian Foulis violin* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Josef Popper tenor* *London Debut
  • Henry R. Bird accompanist

Great-granddaughter of the journalist, composer, teacher, musicologist (and sometime friend and collaborator of Lord Byron) Isaac Nathan, the Scottish-born violinist Lilian Foulis made her Wigmore Hall debut at the beginning of a solid performing career, going on to achieve particular success in Australia and New Zealand. (It is not recorded whether she was at this point playing the Stradivarius she is now known for owning, although mentions in reviews of ‘a remarkably fine violin’ suggest it as a possibility.)

She was joined by the pianist Clara Blumenthal, playing among other things the first piece of Gottschalk to be heard at Wigmore Hall, and the Viennese tenor Josef Popper, whose performance was somewhat damningly described in The Times as follows: ‘A voice of little natural beauty, very ill-produced, is used with an unusual lack of skill.’

  • Pietro Nardini (1722-1793)
        • Violin Sonata in D major
  • Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
        • Vandring i skoven (Moonlit Forest) Op. 18 No. 1
        • Takk for dit råd Op. 21 No. 4
  • Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
        • Prelude in C minor Op. 28 No. 20
        • Nocturne in C minor Op. 48 No. 1
  • Max Laistner (1853-1917)
        • Etude sur la Valse en Ré bémol Op. 64 No. 1 de F. Chopin (based on Fryderyk Chopin)
  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869)
        • Grand Scherzo Op. 57
  • Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
        • Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor Op. 31
  • Carl Loewe (1796-1869)
        • Die Reigerbaize Op. 106
  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
        • Hungarian Rhapsody in F minor S244 No. 14
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
        • (Ave Maria) D839 (arr. August Wilhelmj)
  • Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908)
        • Zigeunerweisen Op. 20
  • Heinrich Marschner (1795-1861)
        • Hans Heiling (aria)
  • Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
        • Four Romantic Pieces for violin and piano Op. 75

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