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no. 401

Saturday, 21 May 2005

The Viennese Ladies' Orchestra
at the London Pavilion, 1874

The Viennese Ladies' Orchestra

The Viennese Ladies' Orchestra

(photo: The London Stereoscopic Photographic Co Ltd, London, probably 1874)

'The Viennese Ladies' Orchestra has proved a remarkable hit at the London Pavilion, and Mr Loibl, in consideration of their attractiveness and great talent, set apart Thursday evening [27 August 1874] as a special benefit night for these clever ladies. Whenever and wherever we have head this captivating orchestra we have been delighted, for, setting aside this additional attraction to be found in feminine instrumentalists, we can also give them the highest praise as musicians independent of their sex altogether. Some of the ladies are fascinating soloists, and all play together with wonderful accuracy. "Time was made for slaves," says an old maxim, but Time seems also made for the Viennese ladies, so completely is it under their control. The phrases are taken up with "one accord," the light and shade and accent observed with the greatest unanimity, and their playing of waltz music, overtures, or operatic selections cannot be commended more highly than it deserves. The selection on Thursday evening was well calculated to display their talent fully. Each of the solo players had a separate piece, and the music for the entire orchestra was of a most interesting character. Fraulein Elise Wienlich, the conductor of the orchestra, played a solo by Spohr, "La Rose," upon the violoncello with perfect taste and command of bow and finger board. Fraulein Alice Barbe gave a violin solo upon themes from the Trovatore composed by Alard, with the greatest success; and Fraulein Anna de Blanck, who is a violinist of the first rank, played Sainton's admirable fantasia La Filled u Regiment in a style that could hardly be surpassed. As a player of the brilliant school, we are inclined to say that this clever young lady has no superior amongst her own sex, and her finished style and command of executive difficulties place her on a level with the greatest violinists known of either sex. An overture by Zavertal, a waltz "Fleur des Alpes," and operatic chorus, and other pieces were included in the first part of the programme; and in the second part there was the overture Le Moulin du Rocher by Reisalger, a waltz by Strauss, the "Pizzicato Polka" by the same composer - a fanciful composition of a most novel character and played to perfection - and a grand gallop "Souvenir de Venise," Zavertal. The efforts of the Viennese ladies were extremely successful, and the assistance of a number of popular artistes helped to make the concert still more attractive. Miss Grace Harrington, the Sisters Jeff, the Brothers Raynor, Mr Henri Clark, and the Guion troupe of acrobats assisted, and all the arrangements for the evening proved eminently satisfactory to the large audiences.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 30 August 1874, p.4a)

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