Lionel Bradley in Wigmore Hall - 14 January, 1939

from Lionel Bradley Bulletin, 14 Jan 1939:

Jan. 14 afternoon, Wigmore Hall, Elena Gerhardt, Wolf Recital

I went to this recital from a sense of piety and with some misgivings. And my heart did sink at first to see her looking so much older & with hollow lines by the nose & mouth. And yet she is not more than 55 (The three reference books which I have looked at vary between 1883 & 1886 as to the date of her birth). One had heard that her voice is uncertain & in the first few songs there seemed to be a danger that it would be so this afternoon – the long note, for instance on Ort in “Nun wandre …   more >>

cite as

Lionel Bradley, Lionel Bradley Bulletin, 14 Jan 1939. In Bradley archive, Special Collections, Royal College of Music, number LJHB-02/033. accessed: 4 March, 2024

location of experience: Wigmore Hall


Lionel Bradley

Listening to

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Songs (Spanisches Liederbuch, Italienisches Liederbuch and others)
written by Hugo Wolf
performed by Elena Gerhardt, Gerald Moore

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 January, 1939
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by kerriedinburgh on Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:50:23 +0000
Approved on Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:09:57 +0000