Monday 1 July 1901 3:00PM

Ethel Hirschbein contralto; Hamilton Earle baritone; François-Xavier Mercier tenor; Suzanne Adams soprano; Edith Merrylees piano; Aldo Antonietti violin

Grieg, Lambert, Svendsen and more


  • Ethel Hirschbein contralto* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Hamilton Earle baritone* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • François-Xavier Mercier tenor* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Suzanne Adams soprano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Edith Merrylees piano
  • Aldo Antonietti violin
  • R. C. Herz reciter
  • Ray Ricardo accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • Landon Ronald accompanist
  • Anna Stern accompanist* *Wigmore Hall Debut

A concert showcasing the young contralto Ethel Hirschbein, a pupil of the French operatic baritone and teacher Jacques Bouhy, who also taught Clara Butt and Gervase Elwes. As with many such concerts at the time, Hirschbein herself sang only four songs, the rest of the afternoon being given over to a variety of performers.

Singers Hamilton Earle, Suzanne Adams and Canadian tenor François-Xavier Mercier were all also making their Wigmore Hall debuts, while violinist Aldo Antonietti had given a solo concert the previous month.

The Scottish pianist Edith Merrylees had already performed here in a charity event, but this concert marks her only other known appearance at Wigmore Hall. Landon Ronald, best known as a composer, conductor, and later principal of the Guildhall School of Music, had made his debut here at one of the two opening concerts and was to become a frequent visitor to Wigmore Hall, often accompanying his own works.

  • Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
        • Troldtog Op. 54 No. 3
  • Frank Lambert (1868-1925)
        • See, love, I bring thee flowers
        • A Lament
        • There was a Star
  • Johan Svendsen (1840-1911)
        • Romance Op. 26
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
      • Alceste
        • Divinités du Styx
        • recitation by R. C. Herz
  • Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
      • La reine de Saba
        • Inspirez-moi, race divine!
  • Leo Stern (1862-1904)
        • Printemps
  • Arthur Goring Thomas (1850-1892)
      • Nadeshda
        • My heart is weary
  • Amina Goodwin (c.1867-1942)
        • Toccata
  • Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
        • Die beiden Grenadiere Op. 49 No. 1
  • Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
        • Fantasia appassionata Op. 35
        • Les trois fleurs (song, composer unknown)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
      • Etienne Marcel
        • Cantilène du Dauphin
  • Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
        • Il primo amore Op. 32 No. 3

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