anonymous (reportedly present in Royal Festival Hall in the 1950's) in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I was successful in obtaining a ticket, by ballot, for one of the opening concerts. The conductor was Arturo Toscanini. I was rather disappointed with his interpretation of Brahms! Later I heard Beethoven's Missa Solemnis conducted by Klemperer (who conducted sitting down) . As a member of the LSO Club I attended a rehearsal there. Passed the great shambling figure of Vaughan Williams on his way to his box for a performance of one of his Symphonies. My wife and I enjoyed dinner in the Restaurant overlooking the Thames on our wedding night in 1957. The original acoustics were criticized for …   more >>
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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 24 July, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


Listening to

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Missa Solemnis
written by Beethoven
performed by Otto Klemperer
performance of 'unknown (, performance of)' performed by Arturo Toscanini

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Mon, 26 May 2014 18:10:59 +0100