Friday 28 June 1901 8:00PM

Esther Palliser soprano; Emil Kreuz viola; May Mukle cello; Charles Draper clarinet; Richard H. Walthew piano; Henry R. Bird piano

Schumann, JS Bach, Beethoven and more


  • Esther Palliser soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Emil Kreuz viola* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • May Mukle cello* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Charles Draper clarinet* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Richard H. Walthew piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Henry R. Bird piano

Esther Palliser was born in Pennsylvania in 1872 to a musical family and studied first with her father and then with Mathilde Marchesi in Paris. A successful career in light opera followed, including performances with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company both in America and in England, where she played the role of Rowena in the first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's Ivanhoe in 1891. As the turn of the century approached she appeared more often as a solo recitalist, making her Wigmore Hall debut in this evening concert where she gave premières of songs by (among others) Maude Valérie White and Liza Lehmann.

Also making their first appearances at Wigmore Hall were some of the period's leading chamber players: cellist May Mukle, who went on to huge international success; Emil Kreuz, German string player, composer and conductor, soon to become assistant musical director at Covent Garden; and the distinguished English clarinettist Charles Draper, here joining the composer in the first performance of Richard H. Walthew's Meditations.

  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
        • Märchenbilder Op. 113
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
      • Cantata: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt BWV68
        • Aria: Mein gläubiges Herze
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
        • La partenza WoO. 124
  • Robert Schumann
        • Mondnacht Op. 39 No. 5
        • Meine Rose Op. 90
  • Anon
        • Pietà, Signore (attributed to Alessandro Stradella)
  • Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816)
      • I zingari in fiera
        • Chi vuol la zingarella
  • Richard H. Walthew (1872-1951)
        • Four Meditations (second set) (world première)
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
        • Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D965
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
      • 2 Songs with viola Op. 91
        • No. 2 Geistliches Wiegenlied
  • Victorin de Joncières (1839-1903)
        • Chanson Sarrazine
  • Maude Valérie White (1855-1937)
        • Un Sueño (world première)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
      • The Queen of Spades Op. 68
        • Da, vspomnila...Podrugi milie (Polina's Romance)
  • Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (c.1833-1887)
        • From my tears
  • Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
      • A Dream on the Volga Op. 16
        • Song of the water nymph (UK première)
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
        • L'éventail
  • Liza Lehmann (1862-1918)
      • In a Persian Garden
        • No. 14 I sent my soul through the invisible
        • Mother Sleep (world première)
  • David Popper (1843-1913)
        • Ungarische Fantasie
  • George Henschel (1850-1934)
        • No More
  • Charles Willeby (1865-1955)
        • Oh blackbird, what a boy you are! (world première)
  • Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)
        • Colette (England première)
  • Trad/Scottish
        • Maggie Lauder (arr. Herbert Bedford)

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