Edinburgh Orchestral Festival: Reid Concert 1873

Thursday, February 13, 1873
7.45 pm

Noted by Professor Oakeley in the programme:  "... The founder of the Chair of Music, and of these concerts, by enabling fresh generations of his countrymen to enjoy old and new treasures of music, has indeed done much for the Art he loved so well... for not only in Great Britain but in some of the more musical portions of the continent, is the name not famous of the "REID" concert."  H.S.O.

First concert of the Edinburgh Orchestral Festival 1873.


Principal Artistes

Madlle Nita Gaetano - mezzo-soprano
Mr William Castle - tenor
Madame Norman-Neruda and Herr Straus - violins
Mr Charles Halle - solo pianist and conductor

Work(s) / Composer(s) / Opus No(s): 

Part I
Introduction, Pastorale, Minuet and March ... General Reid
Overture "Oberon" ... Weber
Serenade, "When the orb of day," (Euryanthe) ... Weber
  Mr W Castle (His first appearance in Scotland)
Concerto for Pianoforte, No.1, Op.11 (Two movements from) ... Chopin
 Romance, Larghetto
 Rondo, Vivace
  Mr C Hallé
Aria, "Batti, Batti," ( Il Don Giovanni) ... Mozart
  Madlle Nita Gaëtano (Her first appearance in Scotland)
  Violoncello obligato, M. Vieuxtemps
Grand Symphony, No 4 in B flat, Op. 60 ... Beethoven

Part II
Overture, "The Lovely Melusina," Op.32 ... Mendelssohn
Aria, "O! mio Fernando," (La Favorita) ... Donizetti
  Madlle Gaëtano
Concerto for Two violins and Orchestra ... Bach
  Madame Norman-Neruda and Herr Straus
  (First time in Scotland)
Aria, "Un' aura amorosa," (Così fan tutte) ... Mozart
Pianoforte solos,
  (a) Promenades d'un solitaire, No.1 ... S.Heller
  (b) "Spinnerlied," ... Wagner-Liszt
  Mr Hallé
Overture, "König Stephan," ... Beethoven


24 page booklet
Programme Notes: 

In the programme note for the Overture by Rietz, Professor Oakeley notes: "... an early work by an intimate friend and disciple of Mendelssohn - Dr Julius Rietz."
Of his own piano piece, op. 21 no. 2 he notes: "... now played for the first time in public"

Ticket and/or Programme Price(s): 
Tickets: Centre, 7/6; Side seats (raised) & Front gallery, 5/-; Under gallery, 3/-; Back & Organ gallery 2/6
Publicity and Reviews: 

In The Scotsman Feb 1, 1873, "The Professor of Music, in answer to very numerous letters from persons disappointed in procuring tickets for the REID CONCERT begs to say that he has endeavoured to meet this disappointment by giving the TWO OTHER FESTIVAL CONCERTS on the 14th & 15th February, at which the same fine orchestra may be heard as on the 13th and that for these additional concerts tickets may be still obtained."

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