Wilhelm Ganz in St James's - the 1850's

from Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life, page 115:

I first knew Joachim when I was a boy of sixteen; I met him at a soiree given by Balfe at his house in Bruton Street. I remember that, on one occasion, when he played the "Kreutzer Sonata" with Anton Rubinstein, at one of Ella's Musical Union Matinees, he was very angry with Rubinstein for taking the last movement at such a terrific rate, and said he would never play it with him again. I was present at the time, and I think Joachim was quite right. Rubinstein was of such an exuberant disposition that he really could not help himself, and was carried away by his enthusiasm.

cite as

Wilhelm Ganz, Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life. In Internet Archive (London, 1913), p. 115. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436195369775 accessed: 19 June, 2024

location of experience: St James's


Wilhelm Ganz
Accompanyist, Composer, Conducting, Teacher

Listening to

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Kreutzer Sonata
written by Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Anton Rubinstein, Joseph Joachim

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1850's
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:09:29 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:44:22 +0000