Alexander Mackenzie - the 1890's

from A Musician's Narrative , pages 187-188:

Virtuosity and musicianship not being necessarily coexistent, a conductor's experience are of a varied nature. While most of mine were delightful, some were terrifying while they lasted. Rubato! What crimes are committed in thy name! One young Russian, disregarding the orchestra as well as the composer's intentions, persisted in racing through Liszt's First Concerto at such a pace as to render the oft-recurring pizzicatos impossible of execution. My Courteous explanation and remonstrance only resulted in a considerably accelerated tempo being adopted at the actual performance.
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Alexander Mackenzie, A Musician's Narrative (London, 1927), p. 187-188. accessed: 16 June, 2024


Alexander Mackenzie

Listening to

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat
written by Franz Liszt

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1890's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Wed, 20 May 2015 10:54:31 +0100
Approved on Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:34:15 +0000