Monday 15 July 1901 3:30PM

Richard Barthélemy piano; G. Giusti baritone; G. Volpe mandolin

Liszt, Scarlatti, Barthélemy and more


  • Richard Barthélemy piano* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • G. Giusti baritone* *Wigmore Hall Debut
  • G. Volpe mandolin* *Wigmore Hall Debut

Richard Barthélemy (sometimes Riccardo Barthelemy) was born in 1869 in Smyrna, now Izmir, studying in Naples and going on to an international career as a composer, pianist and teacher, with his most famous pupil and performing partner being Enrico Caruso.

For this, his first and only appearance at Wigmore Hall, he was joined in a classic Italian-style programme of the time by a singer and a mandolinist, the latter in arrangements of works originally for violin or piano. Several of Barthélemy's own compositions were performed, including the Neapolitan song Passa llà!.

It is possible that the G. Volpe performing in this concert was Gennaro Volpe, lately a court violinist in Scandinavia and a popular mandolinist of the late nineteenth century. However, he, like Barthélemy and the unidentified vocalist G. Giusti, never returned to Wigmore Hall and as such there is unfortunately no further information to go on.

  • Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
        • 6 Organ Preludes and Fugues (BWV543-548) S462 (selection of one) (transcription from Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757 )
        • Sonata in D minor Kk141
  • Richard Barthélemy (1869-1937)
        • Non più
        • Pietà di me
  • Guido Papini (1847-1912)
        • Trois Danses Hongroises (arr. Behr arranged for mandolin)
  • Franz Liszt
        • Isoldes Liebestod aus Tristan und Isolde S447 (transcription from Richard Wagner)
  • Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
        • Deux Etudes de Concert
  • Richard Barthélemy
        • Passa llà!
        • Fantasia (Chi se nne scorda cchiù?)
  • Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)
        • Serenata Op. 15 No. 1
  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
      • Humoresques de concert Op. 14
        • No. 1 Menuet célèbre in G major
  • Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
      • Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)
        • O süsseste Wonne! (trans. Louis Brassin)
  • Franz Liszt
      • Two Polonaises S223
        • II. Polonaise in E major

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