in Royal Festival Hall - 6 October, 1988

from Southbank Centre Archive:

6th October 1988 RFH (?) with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Karajan. It had been rumoured that this might be Herbert von Karajan's last concert in London, having just turned 80, so tickets were like gold dust. It began with a drama - the musicians' instruments held up in France where a strike at the French ports had delayed their departure. Thanks to the English police clearing the motorways, they finally arrived at 8.30. By now the atmosphere was electric! The maestro entered to tumultuous applause, walking to the edge of the platform on the arm of an assistant and supported by a …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 20 June, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Verklärte Nacht
written by Arnold Schoenberg
performed by Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan

Experience Information

Date/Time 6 October, 1988
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:48:20 +0100