Lionel Tertis in Chelsea - 1945

from My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis, pages 62,63:

One work, however, in the cellist’s repertory, Brahms’s first sonata, the E minor, baffled even Casals in one respect. With all his art he could not help making the cello growl and grumble in the opening bars of the last movement; and the blame must be laid to Brahms’s charge. Brahms misjudged the medium when he wrote the fugue at that low pitch. (This is one reason why I took it on myself to arrange the sonata for viola, which of course is an octave higher, and therefore these incoherent growls were eliminated.) I heard Casals play the work in 1945 at Chelsea Town Hall with Gerald Moore…   more >>
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Lionel Tertis, My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis (Great Britain, 1974), p. 62,63. accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Chelsea


Lionel Tertis

Listening to

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Cello sonata nº 1 in E minor, op. 38
written by Brahms
performed by Pablo Casals

Experience Information

Date/Time 1945
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:33:16 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:07:43 +0000