Octavo. Half mid-tan calf with textured brown cloth boards, marbled edges and endpapers. 227, [i] pp.
Includes programs for:
- First Concert, May 20, presenting works by Wagner, Weber, Brahms, and Beethoven
- Second Concert, May 27, presenting works by Tchaikovsky, Wagner, C.V. Stanford, and Beethoven
- Third Concert, June 10, presenting works by Dvořák, Wagner, Liszt, Smetana, and Beethoven
- Fourth Concert, June 17, with vocalists Edward Lloyd and David Bispham, presenting an all-Wagner program
With program notes; named lists of musicians; musical examples; and contemporary advertisements, some with illustrations. Contemporary signature of J.H. Tillett to preliminary leaf (?Jacob Henry Tillett, 1818-1892, member of the House of Commons between 1870 and 1885). From the library of highly knowledgeable opera collector Lim M. Lai (1934-2013), with his small handstamp to verso of final leaf. Binding worn; spine considerably rubbed, defective at head.
"Richter's first love was the music of Wagner: he conducted Wagner’s operas from Rienzi to the Ring (but never Parsifal) in Vienna and London, and either Die Meistersinger or the Ring at every Bayreuth Festival from 1888 to 1912. ... In a career lasting 44 years he gave 2263 opera performances (899 of these Wagner operas) and 2088 concerts. 19th-century conductors were generally also composers or performers, but Richter, with his prodigious memory, his ability to play every musical instrument except the harp and to make his players give of their best, concentrated solely on conducting and, although he left no recordings, built for himself an enduring international reputation." Christopher Fifield in Grove Music Online.
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