The Second Season 1882-1883

The Second Season Programs

Outlined below are the 26 programs by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Henschel's 2nd Season.

 

I. October 7, 1882

Georg Henschel opened each of his three seasons with this Beethoven Overture. This is Carl Baermann's first of four Boston appearances during the season, probably a record never eclipsed. The Rubinstein Symphony was highly anticipated, he was considered an important composer at this time.

 

II. October 14, 1882

Earlier in the week, the Boston Symphony gave their first concert outside of the state, when they played in Newport, R.I on October 11th. The Rienzi Overture and the Beethoven First Symphony were heard in both cities. The Beethoven Symphony began the second annual cycle by the Boston Symphony. Tenor Charles Adams returned in February 1883 for the historic Wagner memorial concert singing Lohengrin's farewell.

 

III. October 21, 1882

Woldemar Bargiel was Clara Schumann's half brother, and his Adagio for 'Cello and Orchestra is the first piece for soloist and orchestra to be repeated from a previous season (see VIII. December 10, 1881). The Haydn Symphony is No. 97.

 

V. November 4, 1882

The Saint-Saens was a recent piece, written just 8 years previously.

 

VI. November 11, 1882

Parsifal was first heard at Bayreuth the previous summer. Note that the Prelude is listed twice on this program.

 

VII. November 18, 1882

The Mozart Symphony is the Linz, Kochel 425. It was first played in Providence Rhode Island earlier that week. Bernhard Listemann was the first BSO concertmaster.

 

IX. December 2, 1882

The first performance of Henschel's Piano Concerto, and Carl Baermann's second appearance of four during the season. The Piano Concerto was repeated during their concerts outside of Boston, with the composer as soloist. The Schubert was performed numerous times during Henschel's term, as he used it for the many cities the Boston Symphony visited during this season.

 

X. December 9, 1882

Gernsheim was a friend of Brahms, this was the 2nd of 4 Symphonies he wrote.

 

XI. December 16, 1882

Contralto Anna Drasdil was a popular soloist of the day. The Rosamunde excerpts were on the BSO's first concert, and appear very frequently during the tour appearances during Henschel's term.

 

XIII. December 30, 1882

An unusual program for Henschel, in that the longest work is at the end, in the second half, much like a concert of today. Interesting that Henschel did not perform the Walkure excerpts during the Wagner memorial concert 6 weeks later.

 

XIV. January 6, 1883

Benjamin Johnson Lang was a very important musician in Boston during the latter half of the 19th Century. Note that the second half is back to Henschel's typically brief length.

 

XV. January 13, 1883

As John Knowles Paine had the first season, George Chadwick was given the opportunity to conduct a new work of his. Tenor William Winch never appeared on this concert, nor on the Sanders Theatre concert the previous Thursday January 11th. Instead Mrs. E. Humphrey-Allen sang the Mendelssohn Infelice! Opus 94 and two songs with piano, one by Tchaikovsky, in German and another by Jensen. These songs with piano had been performed the previous November 2nd in Worcester, the Mendelssohn the previous season (January 11th, 1882) at the third concert at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Mr. Winch is mistakenly listed as the soloist in the BSO soloist summary that appeared in 1895-96 program books, which commemorated the 15th season of the Boston Symphony.

 

XVII. January 27, 1883

The third of four appearances of Carl Baermann during the Music Hall season. Probably no soloist has made so many appearances throughout the course of a Boston Symphony season. He also performed this Concerto in Cambridge the following week.

 

XVIII. February 3, 1883

William Sterndale Bennett, all but forgotten today, was a highly regarded British composer, now buried in Westminster Abbey. His 4th Piano Concerto was performed the following season.

 

XIX. February 10, 1883

This was the second Rubinstein Concerto in as many months. Note that Rubinstein's 5th Symphony opened the season.

 

XXI. February 24, 1883

Mary How sang the Brahms Alto Rhapsody, twice, during the previous season. This is the first time the Boston Symphony performed music by Tchaikovsky (though a song with piano had been presented earlier in the season).

 

XXII. March 3, 1883

The Bruch had been given its world premiere, not in Europe, but in New York, by Leopold Damrosch earlier in the season.

 

XXIII. March 10, 1883

The second appearance of John Knowles Paine conducting in as many seasons.

 

XXV. March 24, 1883

Carl Baermann's fourth Boston appearance as soloist during the season. He also played with the BSO in Providence and Cambridge Massachusetts.

 

XXVI. March 31, 1883

It would be some time before the Boston Symphony would present 26 programs in a single season. And it would never be given within a 6 month period again.