Hermann Klein in Grosvenor Gallery, London - 8 April, 1886

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, page 183:

On his return to town in the evening, he attended a reception given in his honor at the Grosvenor Gallery by Walter Bache. This was in some respects the most striking function of the series. The gathering was in every sense a representative one, and the famous abbe, as he went round chatting from group to group, seemed positively radiant with happiness. To repeat his own words, addressed to myself: “You have so overwhelmed me with kindness in this country that I shall be quite sorry when the time comes for me to leave you.” The programme comprised his “Angelus” for strings, a chorus for female voices, a pianoforte piece, and some songs; and finally, amid a scene of great excitement, he himself played the finale of Schubert's “Divertissement a la Hongroise” and his own Hungarian rhapsody in A minor. This glorious treat furnished the crowning feature of a memorable evening— doubly memorable because it was the last time but one that Franz Liszt touched his instrument in the presence of a public or quasi-public assemblage.

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 183. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438263571731 accessed: 5 December, 2023

location of experience: Grosvenor Gallery, London


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

Listening to

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written by Franz Liszt
performed by String Quartet
Divertissement a la Hongraise
written by Franz Schubert
performed by Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody in A minor
written by Franz Liszt
performed by Franz Liszt

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 April, 1886
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by sp327 on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:39:32 +0100
Approved on Mon, 25 Apr 2016 11:34:08 +0100