Giovanni and Giacinta Puzzi’s Annual Concert
London: Countess Cornwallis’ Residence, 6 Hill street, Berkley square
Time: Evening, Half Past Nine o’Clock
Tickets: 1 Guinea
|A Grand Scena for Vocalist, Chorus, Piano, Horn and Harp Obbligati||Signora Puzzi, Chorus; Messrs. Moscheles, Puzzi, Parry [jun.]||Nicolini|
|Aria, ‘Se amore soltanto’||Signora Puzzi; Horn: Signor Puzzi||Rossini|
|Horn Fantasia||Signor Puzzi|
|Piano Duet||Messrs. Herz, Moscheles|
|Piano and Violin Divertimento||Mr. Osborne, M. de Bériot|
|Solo, ‘The Devil’s Cadence’||Mme Malibran||Tartini|
|Violin Concerto||Mr. Mori||Mayseder|
|‘Questo è un Grupp’||Miss Woodham, Mme Malibran, Signora Puzzi, |
Signors Donzelli, Galli, Zuchelli, Tamburini;
Piano Accomp.: Signor Costa
|Principal Vocalists: Miss. F. Woodham, Miss Masson, Mlles Cinti-Damoreau, Salvi, Mesdames Malibran, Pasta, Signora Puzzi, Signora Zuchelli; Mr. Parry jun., Signori Begrez, Donzelli, Galli, Tamburini|
|Principal Instrumentalists: M. de Bériot, Messrs. Herz, Mori, Moscheles, Parry [jun.], Osborne, Signor Puzzi|
|Conductor: Signor Michael Costa|
Programme Notes: The reviewer of The Morning Post identifies ‘Questo è un Grupp’ as Rossini’s composition. It probably refers to the sextet ‘Questo è un nodo avviluppato’ from Rossini’s La Cenerentola. However, the reviewer gives seven performers instead of six.
The Morning Post (June 3, 1833): 1.
SIGNOR and MADAME PUZZI have the honour to acquaint the Nobility, Gentry, and their Friends, that their ANNUAL CONCERT will take place on FRIDAY, the 14th of June, 1833 (by special permission at the Residence of the Countess Cornwallis. 6, Hill-street, Berkley-square, under the same distinguished Patronages as of former occasions. The following eminent Performers have kindly offered their assistance:—Madame Pasta, Madame Malibran, Madame Cinti Damoreau, Mdlle. Masson, Madame Vigano, Mdlle. Pixis, Madame Zuchelli, and Madame Puzzi; Signori Rubini, Donzelli, Begrez, Tamburini, Zuchelli, Galli, De Begnis, Herz, Moscheles, De Beriot, and Signor Puzzi. Tickets, One Guinea each, are ready for delivery, at Signor Puzzi’s, 127, Regent-street.
The Morning Post (June 17, 1833): 1.
SIGNOR and MADAME PUZZI have the honour to acquaint the Nobility, Gentry, and their Friends, that their ANNUAL CONCERT will take place on FRIDAY, the 14th of June, 1833, by special permission, at the Residence of the Countess Cornwallis. 6, Hill-street, Berkley-square, under the same distinguished patronages of former occasions.—Vocal Performers—Madame Pasta, Madame Cinti Damoreau, and Madame Malibran; Madame Vigano, Madame Zuchelli, Miss Masson, Madame Salvi, Madlle. Pixis, and Madame Puzzi; Signor Donzelli, Signor Begrez, Signor Tamburini, Signor Zuchelli, Signor Galli, Mr. Parry, jun., and Signor De Begnis. Instrumentals—Messrs. Moscheles, Herz, De Beriot, and Signor Puzzi; Conductor, Signor Costa.—Tickets, One Guinea each, are ready for delivery, at Signor Puzzi’s, 127, Regent-street. The Concert will commence at Half-past Nine o’Clock.
The Harmonicon, vol.11, (June 1833): 157.
SIG. AND MAD. PUZZI’S,
At the residence of the Countess Cornwallis, Friday Even-
ing, June 14.
The élite of the foreign artistes now in London came in support of this concert, and the company consisted almost exclusively of people of fashion. The music exhibited little that is new, but it was well performed, and chiefly vocal. Mad. Puzzi sang an aria, ‘Se amore soltanto,’ by Rossini, and was charmingly accompanied by Sig. Puzzi. The latter also played a fantasia on the horn. Messrs. Moscheles and Herz performed a duet on the piano-forte; and Messrs. Osborne and De Beriot a divertimento for piano-forte and violin. The tickets to this were a guinea each, and the rooms were well filled, but not crowded.
The Morning Post (June 17, 1833): 3.
SIGNOR AND MADAME PUZZI’S CONCERT.—There is not a couple in the musical profession more esteemed both in public and private than PUZZI and his amiable cara sposa, a strong proof of which was given on Friday evening, when the Countess CORNWALLIS’S mansion was crowded, for their benefit, with the distinguished persons who patronised it. To give an account of the performance in detail would occupy more space than we can spare; suffice it then to say, that PASTA, MALIBRAN, CINTI, Madame ZUCHELLI, Madlle. SALVI, Miss MASSON, Miss F. WOODHAM, TAMBURINI, DONZELLI, GALLI, BEGREZ, PARRY, jun., and, of course, Madame PUZZI herself, were the vocalists, who sang a variety of popular compositions with great success. A grand scena by NICOLINI, sung by PASTA, with a chorus, also obligato accompaniments for the pianoforte (COSTA), horn (PUZZI), and harp (PARRY), deserves to be particularly noticed for its novel effect, and for the admirable manner in which it was performed. PUZZI’S fantasias on the horn were in his accustomed tasteful and brilliant manner; the rapidity with which he executes chromatic passages without any auxiliary but his hand in the bell of the instrument is truly astonishing, and the quality and mellowness of his tone is unrivalled. Madame PUZZI is very much improved, and daily acquiring more confidence, without a proper portion of which singers cannot do justice to their talents. MOSCHELES and HERZ displayed their masterly powers on the pianoforte; they performed a duet, which delighted all present. A brilliant divertimento for pianoforte and violin was well executed by Mr. OSBORNE and DE BERIOT. Madame MALIBRAN warbled what was called The Devil’s Cadence, which is no other than the celebrated solo performed by his Satanic Majesty at the foot of TARTINI’S bed in the year 1713, while the latter was asleep; but so enraptured was he with the performance that he awoke and wrote down what he had just heard—so runs the story. But to DE BERIOT and MALIBRAN: the former reveled [sic] in brilliant and difficult passages on the violin, which the talented cantatrice imitated to the echo! This high musical treat concluded with ROSSINI’S’s Questo è un Grupp, sung by MALIBRAN, Madame PUZZI, Miss WOODHAM, DONZELLI, ZUCHELLI, GALLI, and TAMBURINI. COSTA presided at the pianoforte with his usual taste and judgment.