Ignatz Moscheles in London - 1836

from Recent Music and Musicians, page 225:

Did Balfe intend her to do battle with those incredibly difficult passages at the beginning, or were they improvised by her on the spur of the moment? I can't say; somehow or other the enchantress conjured them forth. I don't like her so well in Fidelio, and prefer our own unrivalled Schröder-Devrient in the part. Malibran's forte lies in passionate acting, which contrasts too violently with the enduring womanly love of Fidelio, and why she brings two pistols into the prison, neither I nor any one else can understand.
cite as

Ignatz Moscheles, and Charlotte Moscheles (ed.), Recent Music and Musicians (New York, 1879), p. 225. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430235390167 accessed: 17 October, 2021

location of experience: London

Listeners

Ignatz Moscheles
Head of Leigzig Conservertoir, Composer, Conducting, Musician […]
1794-1870

Listening to

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Fidelio
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Maria Malibran
Opera
written by Michael Balfe
performed by Maria Malibran

Experience Information

Date/Time 1836
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by mallen on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:36:30 +0100