anonymous in Royal Festival Hall - between 1990 and 1999

from Southbank Centre Archive:

So much recollection from my first decade of living in London from 1979 as a twenty something jostles to be included: ...: two fabulous performances of Rachmaninov's 2nd Symphony conducted by Mikhail Pletner and Yevgeny Svetlanov, both in the 90s with the Philharmonic [sic: Philharmonia?] orchestra. Each performance made a small cut in the finale. Why, I wondered to Pletner backstage. "Because those bars are silly", came the reply. It had been an incandescent performance; for the moment "the argument" won me over.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 3 July, 2022 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall



Listening to

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Symphony no 2
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Mikhail Pletnev, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Philharmonia Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1990 and 1999
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:43:08 +0000
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:23:45 +0000