Manchester, panorama

Manchester, panorama of the city, steel engraving, 19th c., draw by C. Reiss. Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/2506]


‘28 August 1848, gives a concert in Manchester’s Concert Hall, for 60 guineas. “I was received extremely well; I had to sit at the piano three times. A beautiful hall, 1200 people.” Also taking part in the concert are three singers (Alboni, Corberi and Salvi), who give good renditions of arias by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. Chopin plays in the first part a nocturne and the Berceuse, in the second a mazurka, a ballade (in F minor) and a waltz. An account of the concert appears two days later in The Manchester Guardian. A detailed review is printed on 9 September by The Musical World in London: “Without doubt, his playing is extremely polished—perhaps too much so, and perhaps it would merit the term ‘finesse’—and his delicacy and expressivity are faultless, although lacking the admirable power of Leopold Meyer, the force of Thalberg, the elan of Herz or the grace of Sterndale Bennett. Nevertheless, Mr Chopin is certainly a great pianist, and no one may listen to him and not experience a certain dose of enthralment”.’ [Tomaszewski, Chopin…].