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1918 Figure REMBRANDI MPLS. Cornelins Van Vliet Celebrated Dutch Cellist Management HAENSEL & JONES, Aeolian Hall, New York CORNELIUS VAN VLIET, the Dutch 'cellist, is rapidly winning the distinction in this country that could be expected of an artist of world reputation. Mr. Van Vliet was born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1886. His first American appearance caused a sensation. It was made in the fall of 1911, together with Tetrazzini, Mary Garden and other artists of the first order, in a concert at the Chicago Orchestra Hall. Since then Mr. Van Vliet has appeared with supreme success in New York and all our great cities in individual concerts or recitals, and as soloist with a great many organizations. There are two genres of musical performers with which each have their great particular following wherever heard. There are the virtuoso and the scholarly artist. One is the brilliant executant; the other, the penetrating interpreter. The former dazzles you, while the other quietly but firmly convinces you. But the exceptional performers are those who combine the qualities of the brilliant virtuoso with those of the scholarly interpreter. In this class of the all too few belongs Cornelius Van Vliet. And this is all the more to be appreciated as the repertoire of the 'cello is generally supposed to be limited and especially adapted for mere virtuoso exploitation. A 'cello recital such as given by Mr. Van Vliet will thoroughly convince any one as well of the superficiality of such a supposition as of the profound and discerning musical erudition of the artist. A child of music, Mr. Van Vliet began his studies at six, learning several instruments, but from the age of nine specializing for 'cello work. His teachers were such men as Professor Eberle of Rotterdam and Professor Mossel of Amsterdam, while the names of Mengelberg, Winderstein, Nedbal, Sibelius, Colonne, Mahler and Weingarthner through his fruitful association with them are like milestones in his development as musician and artist. Mr. Van Vliet is a man of versatile culture and many interests. It was his desire to learn to know America and Americans that caused him to realize a long-harbored wish to come here. Of a faultless, resourceful and brilliant technique, Mr. Van Vliet possesses a tone of phenomenal power and sweetness, while his pose in playing is a rare combination of well-calculated force and natural ease. His unfailing purity of intonation is a marvel. It is men of Mr. Van Vliet's type who accomplish something for the spreading of genuine art appreciation in this country, and his coming was a valuable acquisition for lovers and promoters of a true musical culture. VICTOR NILSSON. REMARKABLE PRESS TRIBUTES FROM AMERICA THE NEW YORK DAILY PRESS SAYS TRIBUNE, Friday, November 22, 1917. Mr. Van Vliet played with pleasing tone and technical finish a programme calling for a display of skill and grace in interpretation. He showed himself a master of intricate passage work and cantabile, and a sincere musician devoting technical brilliance to the ends of art and avoiding display for its own sake. THE EVENING MAIL, Friday, November 22, 1918. Mr. Van Vliet is an artist who is certain to attract attention, for he has a deep-throated tone combined with a scholarly manner which is most fascinating. THE MORNING TELEGRAPH, Friday, November 22, 1918. Mr. Van Vliet displayed absolute mastery of his instrument. Jeral's Tarantella miraculously bowed and fingered, fittingly closed the fine program. NEW YORK GLOBE, Friday, November 22, 1918. Mr. Van Vliet draws a broad, sonorous tone and displayed a great deal of brilliancy and finesse. He gave an imaginative reading of Kamp's Carnival Scenes which completely captivated the audience. NEW YORK HERALD, Friday, November 22, 1918. Mr. Van Vliet is a 'cellist of exceptional accomplishment, with a luscious tone, and is also much of a virtuoso. NEW YORK AMERICAN, Friday, November 22, 1918. A sold out house greeted Mr. Van Vliet, the Dutch musician, who belongs to that class of 'cellists whose ranks are led by Pablo Casals. Refinement of style and tone are his dominant qualities. His fingers are agile and his intonation impeccable. His runs were accomplished with facility, and his tone charmed the listener with its pleasing and limpid quality. His execution was musicianly and his tone delightfully delicate. CINCINNATI TIMES-STAR. Mr. Van Vliet possesses so many distinguished and artistic qualities that he cannot long remain a stranger to any music-loving community. He is a very fine, very accomplished artist, one with a remarkable technic, a rare grasp of the mechanics of his instrument, but, above all, an exquisite tone. His style is delicate but glowing and his interpretations leave nothing to be desired. CHICAGO TRIBUNE Mr. Van Vliet proved himself a 'cellist of the new school. His technical command of his unwieldy instrument endowed it with the flexibility and fluency of the violin. His tone retains the virile warmth native to the 'cello, but colors it with many delicate and subtle shades that greatly increase its capacity for variety and refinement of expression. ST. LOUIS TIMES. Mr. Van Vliet has, in addition to a full, round tone and agility of fingering, a distinction of style that gives elegance to all his work. His playing was marked by breadth and finish. WASHINGTON (D. C.) HERALD. Mr. Van Vliet is an artist of exceptional powers. His high tones are of remarkable delicacy and sweetness, and the lower notes have a noble sonority very rarely heard. Technically, he proved himself a thorough master of his instrument. SAN FRANCISCO BULLETIN. Cornelius Van Vliet is a most restrained and tasteful artist and has exceptional clarity in the rapid passages. LOS ANGELES HERALD. The Concerto for 'Cello and Orchestra by Saint-Saëns was given a perfectfully beautiful reading by Cornelius Van Vliet, whose tone is full of that wonderful longing which is characteristic of this almost human instrument. This virtuoso's management of his instrument is most remarkable and absolute clarity itself. MINNEAPOLIS TRIBUNE (Dr. C. B. Storrs). Cornelius Van Vliet, the Dutch 'cellist, is an artist of the very highest order, possessed of every musicianly requirement. The Concerto of Eugen d'Albert played with the orchestra, exhibits the solo instrument in every one of its phases, and Mr. Van Vliet is the facile and artistic master of them all. Technically he is wonderful, particular mention being due to his crisp clarity in rapid staccato passages, where his notes are as true and clear-cut as those of a master pianist. DENVER POST The young Dutch 'cellist, Cornelius Van Vliet, will bear watching. He has a wonderful instrument, and he wrenches the very soul from it. He realizes its full possibilities, from the deep basses to the subtle, quasi-violin strains. Mr. Van Vliet chose as his offering the concerto by Van Goens. He gave two encores. The bowing of the final diminuendo was unsurpassable. ROME, NEW YORK, DAILY SENTINEL. Cornelius Van Vliet, the Dutch 'cellist, has no superior. He gave a beautiful performance of Saint-Saëns' Concerto and proved himself an artist of the first rank. The audience was so enraptured with his offerings that he finally responded with Schubert's Moment Musical, which was played only as a master could. Van Vliet is one of the greatest 'cellists of his day. PRESS TRIBUTES FROM EUROPE FRANCE PARIS, LE COURIER MUSICAL. The soloist of the evening was Van Vliet, who played for us with fire, temperament and emotion the wonderful Concerto of Saint-Saëns. This young virtuoso proved himself a rare artist, a finished musician and 'cellist, producing a tone sonorous and mellow. RUSSIA PETROGRAD, NOWY MIRA. The young Dutch 'cellist appeared before the Russian public in the possession of a finished technic and a brilliant, individual, perfectly mature talent. An extraordinary purity of tone, perfect rhythm, a masterly fluency in the execution and a careful shading of the melodic phrases raise him above the usual artist. With the technical ability harmonizes the understanding of the works he plays, and depth of feeling that belongs to a sensitive artistic nature. He is absolute master of all that has been written for the 'cello. The sincere interpretation of his music lacks every effort at effect. At each performance the artist wins stormy applause. HOLLAND ROTTENDAM, NIEUWE COURANT. Our young compatriot, Cornelius Van Vliet, returned home after an absence of several years spent in making tours through Germany, Russia, Poland and Finland in concert. Van Vliet has become a thoroughly artistic soloist. He brings forth a beautiful singing tone from his instrument, and he possesses both taste and temperament. The Solo-Sonata of Valentini gave him opportunity to display his brilliant technic.
|Title||Cornelius Van Vliet|
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|Personal Name Subject||Van Vliet, Cornelius|
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