Richard Temple Savage in Royal Opera House - 1953

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 147:

Their Musical Director was my fourth giant, Rudolf Kempe who was quite unknown in England at that time. He made such an enormous impression with his command and understanding of Strauss's music that David Webster immediately signed him for the revival of "Salome" in our forthcoming 1953-54 season. Kempe was tall and very quiet with strange dark slanting eyes; when he first came to us he had hardly any English at all but he could count and manage the rehearsal numbers. His only other phrase was: "The same", which served to indicate to us that he wanted to repeat a passage. He had no real need …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 147. accessed: 25 May, 2024

location of experience: Royal Opera House


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

Listening to

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written by Richard Strauss
performed by Covent Garden Opera Company, Rudolf Kempe

Experience Information

Date/Time 1953
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:20:21 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 16:12:44 +0000