5 MAY 1855, Page 12

The fourth Philharmonic concert, on Monday last, was good on

the whole, but chiefly noticeable on account of one circumstance. Of the two symphonies which invariably form the pieces de resistance at these concerts, one was by Mr. Lucas ; introduced, doubtless, into the pro- gramme from a disposition to yield to the pressure without which dare mends the admission of works of native ground. Mr. Lucas's symphent is a favourable specimen of his talents. It is well oonetnieted, classics* in its form, and scored with ingenuity and-effect. But it is awork cifist and labour, not of genius, and lacks the freshness given by new *et original ideas. It was received with approbation, which it deserved, but not with the animated delight which a fine performance of a master- piece of Mozart, or Beethoven, or Spohr, or Mendelssohn, never fails to inspire, let it have been heard ever so often. This experiment, then, cannot be said to have succeeded ; nor does it leave much hope of ad- vantage from Other experiments of the same kind.