Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - between 1950 and 1951

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 128:

It was a Saturday morning when Rankl whose days as Musical Director were then numbered, introduced Kleiber to the orchestra and scurried away. I could not help wondering for a moment whether it would all be as I remembered. Would the magic still work? How would the new players react to him? I could not help thinking of the anti-climax after Beecham's return. I need not have worried; he had the orchestra in the palm of his hand from the first movement. Even a hard-bitten old cellist who used to grind away down at the bottom and didn't care for anyone said to me with shining eyes: "I wouldn't …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 128. accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer

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performance of 'unspecified' performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Erich Kleiber

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1950 and 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 11 May 2015 17:25:57 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:06:35 +0000