Colin and partner in Royal Festival Hall - 22 May, 1982

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I attended my very first concert at RFH for Vladimir Horowitz's amazing recital. There were no seats except for one in a box on the left of the stage. It was an electric occasion. I can still hear the way Horowitz started with the beautifully but incredibly simply played Mozart Sonata. I don't recall the number but it was breathtakingly stunning. He also played Chopin's Polonaise in A Flat Major and to this day I am convinced he found himself having to repeat the LH octave section because of a memory lapse but it was brilliantly played.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 16 April, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


Listening to

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Mozart Sonata
written by Mozart
performed by Vladimir Horowitz
written by Chopin
performed by Vladimir Horowitz

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 May, 1982
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The listener mentions Mozart, but according to the records no Mozart was played at this concert, his penultimate appearance at the Festival Hall.

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:41:28 +0100
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:52:11 +0000