Louis Spohr in St. Petersburg - at the end of 1802

from Louis Spohr's Autobiography, pages 43-44:

I heard another celebrated violinist, Herr Bärwald, afterwards leader in Stockholm. As he came forward to play the concerto of Viotti (A-sharp) he was already applauded, before he had sounded a note. This, together with his good bearing and his excellent manner of managing his bow, raised my expectation very high, and it was with the greatest impatience that I awaited the end of the Tutti. But how was I disappointed on hearing the solo! His playing was indeed clean and accomplished, but still so sleepy and monotonous, the passages so flat and drawn out, that I would have much preferred the…   more >>
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Louis Spohr, and Frederick Freedman and Longman Roberts & Green London 1865 (ed.), Louis Spohr's Autobiography, volume 1 (1969), p. 43-44. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1409523253792 accessed: 30 May, 2024

location of experience: St. Petersburg


Louis Spohr
Concertmaster, Violinist, Composer, Conducting

Listening to

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Concertos for violin and flute
written by Giovanni Battista Viotti, Herr Palzow
performed by Herr Bärwald, Herr Palzow

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1802
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:14:13 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:33:48 +0000