Prague Concert Life, 1850-1881

Event title:

Concert given by pianist Seraphine Vrabély

Venue: Estates Theatre

Event type: Art music culture

Date: 26/11/1861 7pm

Programme comprising:

General participants:
  • VRABÉLÝ, Seraphine: soloist, pf
  • Estates Theatre orchestra: participating orchestra
CHOPIN, Fryderyck Franciszek : Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, pf, orch, E-flat major, op.22
PRESSEL, Gustav : song [Lied] An der Weser, v, pf
     • Bernard, Joseph Karl : v
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY, Felix : unspecified Frühlingslied, v, pf
     • Bernard, Joseph Karl : v
HELLER, Stephen : piano piece Im Walde, pf
LISZT, Franz : Étude no.3 from 6 Grandes Études de Paganini La Campanella, pf
MOZART, Wolfgang Amadeus : aria of Constanze from opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, v, orch, K384
     • Ehrenbergů, Eleonora z : v
arr. Liszt, Franz: Hungarian folksong 'Fliege Schwalbe an ihr Fenster' , arr. pf
arr. Liszt, Franz: Hungarian folksong 'Friska' , arr. pf


A theatre bill was published by Bohemia 26/11/1861 announcing the date, time, venue, participating soloists and programme of this event. The concert by Miss Vrabély was followed by a performance of the play Ich bleibe ledig. The evening commenced at 7pm and was to end at 9.30pm.

Prager Morgenpost 26/11/1861 published an extended report noting that ‘An interesting Theatre concert is part of the repertoire of the next days [actually on that day, 26th November]. Miss Vrábelli [Vrabély], a Hungarian virtuoso and pupil of our compatriot Alex. Dreyschock, who already a while ago has given a concert in Prague with great success, will once again appear before the public. We had the opportunity to hear her in private, and we can in advance draw attention to her rare artistry in performance.’ Her playing was characterised by ‘élan, precision and technical bravura [Schwung, Präzision und technischer Bravour]... [and] for a woman quite extraordinary energy of her touch and a deeply powerful folk element in her style’. An enthusiastic and descriptive review, signed ‘-a.’, was published by Prager Morgenpost 27/11/1861. The correspondent reported that the concert was a success. Mr Bernard demonstrated his ability as a song-performer in the songs by Pressel and Mendelssohn following the first item of the concert. For the second intermediate item on the programme Miss Ehrenberg sang an aria of Constanze from Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, a change from the originally advertised programme which stated that before the two Hungarian folksong arrangements Mr Bernard was to sing Beethoven’s Adelaide. The play following the concert was noted to be by Blum.

The playing of Miss Vrabély was described by the Dalibor 1/12/1861 review, signed ‘r-r’, as characterized by ‘sufficiently refined technique where it is required, a pleasant and quite determined touch, surety, uniform and elegant passage-work, and prudent and consistent use of the pedals.’

Summary of sources:

Bohemia (26/11/1861)
Prager Morgenpost (26/11/1861)
Prager Morgenpost (27/11/1861)
Dalibor, hudební časopis s měsíční notovou přílohou (01/12/1861)