The eighth annual concert of the Musical Club last evening maintained and in some respects even surpassed the standards established in previous years. A program at once well-balanced and varied showed amply the resources within the club. With performances of remarkably even merit it is perhaps invidious to attempt detailed criticism of the separate members. Especial mention may well be made of Mr. Moeldner's piano solos for their unusual technical finish, their repose and grasp of interpretive elements. Mr. Moeldner played excellently at the concert of last year; he nevertheless shows consistent advance in every respect particularly in his command of touch and tone. His interpretations also are more elastic and show larger sense of proportion, as well as correlation of detail.
Mr. Hancock's sympathetic interpretation of the song by J. A. Carpenter '97 is a timely tribute to a talented Harvard composer whose songs are beginning to receive appreciation of their atmospheric qualities and skilful workmanship.
In Marrenet's well-known "Vision Fugitive," Mr. Hancock displayed appropriate emotional wormth, and careful enunciation of the text--a virtue too rare among singers. In the movements from Mendelssohn's classic D minor Trio, Messrs Hall, Coolidge and Rossbach gave evidence of the cardinal qualities of ensemble playing in a performance that was incisively rhythmic and frequently brilliant, while Mr. Barry showed equally commendable facility in the idiomatic Fantasie by Poppler.
Mr. Pickernell's group of songs by Strauss, Greig and Horatio Parker at once gave evidence of his sympathetic voice, refinement of phrasing and skilful emotional insight.
In the movements from Dvorak's early Suite, unaccountably neglected in Symphony programs, Mr. Hewitt and Dr. Davison did eminent justice to its piquant and naive folk style.
Particular stress should be laid on Mr. Frost's discriminating accompaniments. As a whole, the concert was extremely creditable, and indicative of the vital part which music assumes in undergraduate life.