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which has thrown such brilliant hues on the stage, excepting only Dowover the interior of the house has the ton, who may compete with him. effect of reminding us that the edi- His voice, which becomes unplea* fice is new, without convincing us sant when it is strained, does not so that it is altogether comfortable. well for tragedy; though in parts, Time, however, will soon remove where it is not absolutely necessary these errors. In the mean time we to split the ears of the groundlings, will introduce our readers to the he must still be considered as an theatre. The interior seems to us eminent performer. Of Mr. Conway, considerably larger than the former, who attempts both tragedy and but the shape and fashion are much comedy, we feel more hesitation in the same as before. On the ceiling speaking. He is, however, a fine is painted a representation of Morn- handsome young man, and has a ing, which is pleasant enough, though voice that can fill a theatre upon ocwe do not quite understand how it casion. His first appearance at Coharmonizes with the place, or what vent Garden was, we believe, in it is more particularly intended to Alexander the Great (or was it in indicate. In the angles, and on the Jaffier ?) and his talent among perstage, are pillars resembling palm- formers may be considered of about trees, gilded, and the pannels of the the level at which Lee arrived among boxes, which are of a slight red co- the dramatists. We could wish, howlour, are interlaced with gilded trellis ever, that Mr. Conway would give work. The whole of this is very himself more up to the character graceful. There is also, over the which he plays, and we feel assured orchestra, a projection which springs that he would succeed better. There from the proscenium, and is said to is an air of restraint about him, in be for the purpose of improving the his eye, in his voice, and in his step. sound. That this would be the ef- He seems to measure the audience fect is likely enough, and the pro- and the house, and then to act acnunciation of the actors is certainly cordingly. There is something at sufficiently audible. The drop scene, once turgid and diffident in his style, embraces, as might have been an- which inclines us to think that he does ticipated, an allegory, and it has not feel properly his elevation. Mr. somewhat of mystery in it, like alle- De Camp (whom we do not dislike gories in general. The finest drop perhaps we like him from his affinity scene that was ever seen in this to Mrs. Charles Kemble) has a rambé country is, we believe, the original ling style of acting, but he is lively one at Covent Garden, which repre- and unaffected, and is a fit inhabisents a hall, with Shakspeare at the tant of comic ground. He is like a head; and Ben Jonson, Moliere, and smiling welcome at the new theatre, other famous dramatists, ranged side and graces, and is graced by it. We by side, and forming an illustrious have seen better Captain Absolutes avenue to the spot on which the most than he, however, for we have seen immortal of all poets stands.
Mr. Charles Kemble, who (whatThe principal performers at this ever difference of opinion there may theatre are Mr. Terry (who is also be among critics, as to his tragic stage manager), Mr. Conway, our powers) is undoubtedly the first old acquaintance Mr. De Camp, Mr. gentlemanly comedian on the stage. Leoni Lee, a Mr. Ward, and a Mr. His Cassio, Charles Surface, Don Tayleure: and the performances have John, Falconbridge, &c. &c. were been-a little piece, from the French; never surpassed in the recollection of called • Peter and Paul,' the Rivals, play-goers much older than our the Provoked Husband, the Green selves, and his spirited portraits of Man, Guy Mannering, and some chivalrous heroes are entirely adother matters equally notorious. mirable.-Mr. Leoni Lee, the new
The merits of Mr. Terry are well singer, has a voice of limited comknown. His forte is decidedly come- pass, but without anything harsh in dy; and in such characters as Mr. it. We have little doubt, but that Green, Major Oakley, in angry fathers we should like him in a room, as he and hot-headed governors, and sar- has rather a graceful style, and selcastic guardians, &c. there is no one dom or never shocks our antipathies. VOL. IV.
We do not know what to make of present. The probability is, that he Mr. Ward. We will see him again. has been in the habit of acting ad lie At present we do not much like him. bitum to the good folks in the counMr. Tayleure should study the art of try, and we know, from the story of confining himself within the limits honest Mr. Flamborough’s picture, of becoming mirth, and he may, that they like high colouring almost perhaps, become a favourite: he as well as truth, - sometimes, it is wants a little refining, however, at said, even better.
REPORT OF MUSIC.
Art certainly vies this year with 80 wonderful a display of vocal power, nature, in protracting her processes; conjoined with such high and touch for we were just meditating on the ing physiognomical expression. “Her propriety of summing up the pro- eye,” said a gentleman to Monsieur gress of improvement—of reaping, as Vallebrêque (the husband of Madame it were, our musical harvest-of esti- Catalani), " is Jove's own lightmating the general growth and bulk, ning, her face a whirlwind, and her and casting up the balance of our singing, the explosion of a volcano." gains and losses, when lo! Madame On the 16th, the concert took place, Catalani appears, like a portentous the admission being fixed at one comet, and increases indefinitely, guinea. This distinguished person while she also delays the promise of may, perhaps, have some title to make the season.
Her performance, like such a demand; but we must 'menthe King and his coronation, super. tion, incidentally, that this inordinate sedes all the other topics of science. price of tickets has this year been When she left this country she was demanded by two or three persons, pre-eminent; now she returns to it, and those foreigners, whose accomthe world of art will be curious to plishments entitle them to no such discover whether she is still greater; assumption. We see in this a type or whether those faculties and powers of the character of the age. The which then seemed too vast to enjoy principle of exclusion is creeping into addition, bave undergone any, and music, as well as into every thing what changes. In order to form a else. Madame Catalani selected more accurate judgment, it were ne- four songs: Della Superba Roma, a cessary that we should present a new composition of the Marquis Samsketch of this wonderful singer's at- pieri, an Italian virtuoso of great tainments when she quitted Eng- reputation; an air written for the land: but this cannot be done in a violin with variations by Rode, to slight manner; and we must content which words were appended ; a reourselves by referring those of our citative and air, Mio Bene, by Pureaders who take sufficient interest citta; and the famous bass song in in the subject, (and who that is music Mozart's Figaro, Non piu andrai ; cal does not?) to the elaborate de- with the first verse of God Save the scription of Madame Catalani's at- King, by way of finale. The other tributes and acquirements in the first parts of the concert were two or volume of The Quarterly Musical Ma- three instrumental pieces; two bass gazine and Review.
duets by Angrisani and Placci, and Madame Catalani arrived in Lon- a duet for the harp and piano-forte by don on the 10th, and a concert was the Misses Ashe, which those young announced for the 16th. But on Sa- professors performed with great taste, turday the 14th, there was a re- precision, and general excellence. hearsal of her songs at the Argyll But Catalani was all in all; and the Rooms, at which about 150 of the room, crowded with fashion, glitternobility and most eminent professors ing with stars, and graced by royalty and amateurs were allowed to be (the Dukes of Clarence and Campresent. We have never witnessed bridge, with the Princess Augusta,
and the Duchesses of Gloucester and Her choice of a comic bass song was Cambridge, being present), contained dictated, we presume, not so much no one who seemed willing to at- by singularity, as by the desire to tend to any other portion of the en- show her talents in a new style, and tertainment.
the richness and depth of her lower Della superba Roma were the first tones. She transposed it one note, words that broke from her lips ; and and sang it in the key of D. She ala. they issued forth, with a grandeur, tered many of the passages, by inthat might have led one to imagine serting short, but appropriate volate, the proud mistress of the world was and also by the introduction of enhere personified. The rich ampli- tirely new phrases, where repetition tude of her magnificent tones filled seemed to call for variation. She the ear, as the broad splendours of moreover appended two splendid cathe mid-day sun satiate the eye; and dences to the pauses. But she enit was at once discovered that her riched the song with genuine hupowers were only matured during mour, mellow and expressive, partie her absence from England. As she cularly where the words Non piu proceeded, this impression was con- andrai were repeated. Upon the firmed by every note. Perhaps the whole, this air gave most pleasure ; principal and reigning idea was, that the others excited most surprise. she had gained in force, and lost a But the figure and features of Matrifle in sweetness. Her execution dame Catalani are certainly subjects is thus somewhat changed in the for as much admiration as her voice. manner, but not at all in the subjects Never, surely, were transitions 80 upon which it is employed. Her fine, so instantaneous. Yet the effancy seems to have slumbered; for fort, involuntary and the offspring of she appears to have added nothing to high-wrought sensibility (as we are her former stock of invented pas- convinced it is), is frequently dreadsages. Even her facility is endued ful. The spectator trembles for the with new and extraordinary force. beautiful creature before him, who is In one chromatic passage (ascending at one moment convulsed with pasby semitones), to those who stood sion, the next melted by tendernear, her voice sounded like the wind ness. He cannot escape the fear, rushing through trees; and, indeed, lest those delicate vessels, that swell distance is absolutely indispensable almost to bursting, should overpass to the true enjoyment-to the true the point of safety, and destroy the notion, of this wonderful woman's frame they serve to agitate. powers. All her effects are calculat- As a whole, then, this wonder ed to operate through a vast space; stands alone. Her grandeur of conand at every remove, we will ven- ception is not more marvellous than ture to assert, the auditor would be the thunders of her voice, and the liable to entertain a different idea of lightnings of her countenance. THERE her singing. When very close, it is 18 BUT ONE CATALANI. really terrific. (Young Linley fainted, To break our past descent to miand dropped from his seat, at her re- nuter objects, we shall next take the buke for playing a wrong note dur- Concert of Mr. Mocheles, given on ing the rehearsal, through the fault Wednesday, July 4. We spoke of of the copyist.). She would be said by this professor in our last; but we judges to violate every rule of art; scarcely did justice to his very, very but as you recede, distance modifies superior attainments, of which lana the preternatural strength ; and the guage can convey but indistinct grandeur is retained, while the ideas. His command of his instrucoarseness evaporates. Madame Ca- ment (the piano-forte) is really proditalani has formed a style of her own, gious, and his rapidity, precision, and it is purely dramatic. It is also elasticity, neatness and delicacy of florid in the highest possible degree. touch, his certainty in striking digHer voice is the most prodigious in- tant intervals, both at top and botstrument, in volume and in tone, that tom of the compass, his thumb actever astonished the ear; her facility ing like a fulcrum to his hand, canis not less marvellous. Her capital not be surpassed. In the intellectual faculties are force and transition. parts of his performance he is not less
gifted; for while his fancy is richly 'usually attend compositions of this endowed, his taste is pure and re- class. fined. To complete his character, he M, Bochsa has arranged the Miis inild and unassuming; and his me- nuet and Gavot from Nina with yarit seems to be exceeded only by his riations for the harp. There is nomodesty. The concert exhibited thing particularly new in this piece ; great variety; and presents a very nor does it contain any great difficulhonourable testimony to the homage ties of execution ; but it possesses the which the English and foreign pro- animation and grace which peculiarfessors have alike paid to this gentle- ly characterize M. Bochsa's style, man's extraordinary talent, while and which bestow a charm on every the distribution and the disposition thing he touches. of the parts are equally creditable to Mr. Craven has adapted four Rohis own judgment.
mances for the harp, as some of the Mr. S. Wesley has since had a earliest lessons for that instrument. Concert in the small room at the M. Klose has adapted the airs Argyll Institution, which, during this from the Ballets of Nina, and Le present triumphant reign of Italian Carnival de Venise, with an accomand German music, was remarkable paniment for the flute. for an almost entirely English selec- The third book of the airs from tion. It was wholly vocal, with the Il Barbiere di Seviglia for the harp, exception of an air' with variations, with accompaniments for the flute played by Signor Spagnoletti, and an and violoncello, has appeared. extempore performance by Mr. Wes- Mr. Latour has published selecley himself. In this department, he tions from the same opera, arranged is justly allowed to stand without a for the piano-forte and flute. rival; but on this night, though it A duet for the piano-forte, with well might be thought an extraordi- a flute accompaniment, containing nary display of ability, Mr. Wesley two airs from this opera, adapted by was not so great as we have heard Watts. him. We lament that such a man A divertimento for the piano-forte should find a committee of professors and harp, by Naderman, arranged for indispensable to the support of his the piano-forte alone by Kiallmark. benefit concert, and that the small This piece is brilliant, without being room should be thought adequate to difficult, and contains mạch that will contain his audience. This is some- attract and amuse. thing very like a satire, not to say a Amongst the new vocal publicadisgrace to the dignified patrons of tions, are two duets, a quintett, and music, in a country where a foreign a song from Rossini's opera of Il professor, with not a quarter of Mr. Turco in Italia. One of the duets Wesley's talent and erudition, can Per Piacere alla Signora is much in fill the largest saloon in the metropo- the style of S'inclinasse prender moglie, lis at a guinea admission.
though hardly so good. The song We lament to hear that Miss Hal- Presto amiche, is very florid, but is lande has broken a blood-vessel. Her inferior to his usual productions. voice was of great promise.
Dear Ohject of defeated Care, by H. M. Sapio, jun. is arrived from Craggs, is a pretty ballad, capable of Paris, and purposes to give a Concert some expression. shortly, at the house of one of the Gentle humble-bee, by M. P. King, nobility. He is a tenor singer. His is rather a singular composition. The tone is sweet and pure; his facility words follow each other so rapidly and fancy considerable; and his man- (a semiquaver, with hardly any exner in English, French, and Italian, ception, being allowed to each), as to, equally excellent. We should, how- render the effect perfectly ludicrous. ever, perhaps, give the preference to Love is like the Rose, by Lanza, is his French Romances, which he sings an elegant little ballad. The openwith remarkable effect.
ing of it bears a slight resemblance The seventh number of the Qua- to one of the Irish melodies in the drille Rondos, by Meves, is light and eighth number. To our own recomelegant. It is adapted to performers mendation, we may add, that it has of moderate acquirements, without been sung by Mrs. Salmon, to whom the tameness and monotony which it is dedicated.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE, &c. Russia.-According to the latest Stockholm has ofiered five prizes for estimation, there are 350 living au- subjects of painting or sculpture, ilthors in this country, about one- lustrative of the Northern Mythology. eighth part of whom are ecclesiastics, Among the most eminent Swedish but the far greater proportion consists artists are, Sandberg, the historical of persons of rank. Backmeister, in painter, Fogelberg, the sculptor, Van his Russian Library, computed that, Brede, a painter of history and porpreviously to 1817, there existed trait, Salmson, an engraver of gems, about 4000 different works in that Professor Linnell, an historical painter, language. In the extensive collection Snell, and Berggonen. of national literature belonging to the Bourdeaux.— The Royal Academy Academy of Sciences at St. Peters- of Arts and Sciences has this year burg, there were, in 1800, 3000 works proposed additional prizes for the two printed in the Russian tongue ; among best productions in poetry and paintwhich, only 105 belonged to the class ing each to consist of some subject of novels and romances. Since this serving to commemorate the birth of period, authorship has increased so the infant Duke of Bourdeaux. The much, that last year no fewer than reward for the former is to be a gold 8000 volumes were printed in this lan- medal, worth 300 fr.; that for the guage. Translations are very nume- painting will be 500 francs. No artists rous, particularly of dramas, novels, will be permitted to enter into com works of imagination, and the belles petition for the latter, except such as lettres. There are newspapers and are either natives of, or residents in journals, both German and Russian, this city. The prizes are to be adpublished at St. Petersburg, Moscow, judged on the 21st of the present Riga, Revel, Abo, and other principal month. cities. At the first of these places Italian Literature.A voluminous there are 15 printing houses, and 10 publication has been commenced at at Moscow.
Milan: it is intended to form a comA Poetical Journal,--entitled Die plete series of the best historical works Muse, has been commenced at Leip- in every language, and is entitled, zig, by Kind. One of the most im- Biblioteca Storica di tutti i Tempi, e portant articles that have appeared in di tutte le Nazioni. The first work it, is a specimen of a translation, by selected by the editor is Müller's Gew Nordstern, of Childe Harold, in the neral History of the World, in six Spenserian stanza of the original. volumes. Next, the History of the The writer, however, is not suffici- American War, by Botta, an author ently master of this difficult form of who has been called, by the journalversification. In addition to the poe- ists of Philadelphia and New York, try, this publication is intended to the Livy of the United States; and contain theoretical, polemical, and who has been universally admired, as satirical essays.
one of the most philosophical histoThe Bell and Lancasterian Systems. rians of the present age. To these -A work has appeared at Lyons, at- succeeds the eloquent work of our tacking the system of education pur- own countryman, Gibbon: a very unsued in what are called, on the Con- finished and incorrect translation of tinent, schools of mutual instruction, him had before appeared in Italy ; condemning it as pregnant with dan- but this has now been entirely reger, and pointing out the mischiefs to written, and completed by Bertolotti, be apprehended from its adoption. the successfultranslator of many other The title of this work is, L'Enseign- English works.-Bettoni's Lettere sui ment Mutuel Devoilé, ainsi que ses Giardini di Venezia is another publiJongleries et Pretintailles Revolution- cation, from the Milan press, deserve naires; ou l'Art d'affranchir l'Educa- ing of notice. In these seven epistles tion de l'Enfance de toute Influence (four of which have been before Morale et Religieuse !
printed,) the writer describes, in an Sweden.— The Society for the Pro- elegant style, the noble garden which motion of the Arts and Sciences at has been formed, of late years, in the