Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Third annual quartet entertainment [kvartettní zábava / Quartett-Soirée]

Venue: Konvikt

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 15/03/1863 4.30pm

Season: Lent

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • MILDNER, Mořic: soloist, vl
  • BRÜCKNER, Franz: soloist, vl
  • WEBER, Jan: soloist, va
  • WAGNER, Mořic: soloist, vc
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus : String Quartet Spring, 2vl, va, vc, nr.14, G major, op.10/1, K387
RUBINSTEIN, Anton Grigor'yevitch : Piano Trio, pf, vl, vc, nr.3, B-flat major, op.52
     • Čermáková, Vilemína : pf
SCHUBERT, Franz Peter : String Quartet Death and the Maiden, 2vl, va, vc, nr.14, D minor, D810


Prager Morgenpost 15/3/1863 reported that: ‘For the third Quartet Soirée [Quartett-Soirée], taking place on 18th March in the Konvikt Hall at 4.30pm, is the following programme scheduled: Quartet in G major by Mozart, Trio for pianoforte, violin and ’cello in B-flat major by Rubinstein, op.52 Miss Čermák [Čermáková]. Quartet in D minor by Fr. Schubert.’ No further details were given by this source.

Advance information about this event was published by Národní listy 17/3/1863: ‘Programme of the third (final) Quartet Soirée which takes place on Wednesday 18th March at 4.30pm will be as follows: Quartet in G major by Mozart. Trio for pianoforte, violin and ’cello in B-flat major [by] Rubinstein, op.52. Miss Čermáková [piano]. Quartet in D minor by Fr. Schubert.’

A review, signed ‘-ý.’, was published by German-language Prager Morgenpost 20/3/1863. The correspondent remarked: ‘Music. The third Soirée, that took place on Wednesday in the Konvikt Hall, began with the G major Quartet by Mozart, a work that we may unreservedly number among the master’s greatest. Everything that Mozart touches is music, sounds in tones so sweet, so absolutely harmonius in character, as throughout the entire history of music there have never previously been. The second number was a Trio for pianoforte, violin and ’cello in B-flat major by Rubinstein, op.52, which can only be noted as having particular interest in that Miss Wilhelmine Čermák had taken the part of pianist. Of this unedifying composition lacking any order or direction we can at best say only so much – that it would have been better if it had not come into being. Miss Čermák played clearly and brilliantly and with particular intellectual grasp. The young lady was recognized through vigorous applause and two recalls [i.e. before the audience]. The conclusion [to the concert] was made by a Quartet in D minor by Schubert, a splendid work [eine prachtvolle Arbeit], that enabled us to forget that we had had to suffer the torment of Rubinstein’s Trio (naturally mere quoad compositionen). Jocularity and love of life prevails in this quartet; yet only in particular places do these break through the seriousness of expression. The melodic writing has a decisive, original imprint. The clarity of the phrasing is exemplary throughout. Good rehearsal and performance will always be advantageous on this work making a good impression. The gentlemen, Prof. Mildner, Brückner, Weber and Wagner played all three numbers with bravura and with the most heartfelt understanding.’ For their efforts the performers received vigorous applause from the ‘very numerous’ audience.’   

Summary of sources:

Prager Morgenpost (15/03/1863)
Národní listy (17/03/1863)
Prager Morgenpost (20/03/1863)