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Review of a Performance at St. James's Hall from The Times
Monday, November 29, 1886
 
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On Tuesday evening St. James’s-hall was crowded by one of the largest audiences ever assembled there, the attraction being Sir Arthur Sullivan’s The Golden Legend, performed for the second time in London under the composer’s personal direction. The original cast of Madame Albani, Madame Patey, Mr. Lloyd, and Mr. King remained intact, and repeated the successes of Leeds and of the Albert-hall. Of these artists and of the work, which once more asserted its claims to popular favour, nothing need be said in addition to the remarks which have recently appeared in The Times. It should be mentioned, however, that chorus and orchestra gave a satisfactory account of the not very formidable difficulties of the music.

Gounod’s Messe Solenelle (de Pâques) preceded The Golden Legend.


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