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Review of a Performance at Chester from The Times
Friday, July 27, 1888.
 
CHESTER MUSICAL FESTIVAL
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At the evening concert at the Music-hall a large audience assembled to hear The Golden Legend.

Sir Arthur Sullivan conducted, and both composer and composition were enthusiastically received.

Madame Nordica as Elsie and Mr. Lloyd as Prince Henry never sang better, and the rising contralto, Miss Damian as Ursula, made an extremely favourable impression.

The skilful instrumentation and graphic illustration of the passage, “This is the sea,” (sic) were among the features of a remarkable work, which showed the hand of a master in his art.

Sir Arthur, who was recalled, was fortunate in the co-operation of Mr. Joseph Bennett, whose excellent adaptation from Longfellow’s text gives much scope to the composer.


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