Saint-Saens in Paris

from Musical Memories, page 194:

Seghers managed to assemble an excellent and sizable orchestra and he also secured soloists who were young then but who have since become celebrities. The orchestra was poorly paid and also very unruly. I have seen them rebel at the difficulties in Beethoven, and it was even worse when Seghers undertook to give Schumann who was considered the ne plus ultra of modernism. Oftentimes there were real riots. But we heard there for the first time the overture of Manfred, Mendelssohn's Symphony in A minor, and the overture to Tannhauser.
cite as

Saint-Saens, Musical Memories (1919), p. 194. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1432721504567 accessed: 26 September, 2017

location of experience: Paris

Listeners

Saint-Saens
Conducting, Composer, Pianist, Organist
1835-1921

Listening to

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Overture to Tannhauser
written by Wagner
performed by Societe St. Cecile
The Overture of Manfred
written by Robert Schumann
performed by Societe St. Cecile
Symphony in A minor
written by Felix Mendelssohn
performed by Societe St. Cecile

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Gill on Wed, 27 May 2015 11:11:44 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 17:41:11 +0100