Nathan Milstein in St. Petersburg - 1915

from From Russia to the West : the musical memoirs and reminiscences of Nathan Milstein, pages 107-108:

The first time I heard Rachmaninoff was back in Petersburg in 1915. He played his Second Piano Concerto. It was a matinee, and the audience was full of youngsters who, like myself, had come with their mothers. But I wasn’t looking around, Rachmaninoff made such an impression on me when he appeared onstage. He was extremely serious, even grim, as if he were not yet quite awake. He settled on the chair, looked at the audience from under his hairy brow (a characteristic mannerism, as I was to learn), as if to check that all the tickets had been sold. (At least, that was my impression then.) …   more >>
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Nathan Milstein, and Soloman Volkov (ed.), From Russia to the West : the musical memoirs and reminiscences of Nathan Milstein (:London, 1990), p. 107-108. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1406225674662 accessed: 1 December, 2021

location of experience: St. Petersburg

Listeners

Nathan Milstein
Violinist
1904-1992

Listening to

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Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto, performed by the composer in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Experience Information

Date/Time 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:14:35 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:39:27 +0000