Hermann Klein - 28 June, 1896

from Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900, page 417:

Eugen d'Albert was regarded in the light of a “prodigal”. A native of Glasgow and educated at The National Training School for Music in London, he might with all fairness have been termed a British product. He preferred, however, to call himself a German, and had not stood upon an English concert platform since boyhood till he appeared at Queen's Hall under Felix Mottl (April 28, 1896), and gave a magnificent performance of Beethoven's E flat or “Emperor" concerto. He had a cold reception, but after he had played it became evident that the old grievances had been forgotten in the presence of a legitimate virtuoso, of a true artist possessing the fire of unmistakable genius. Personally I admire his playing immensely; and as an interpreter of Beethoven, it is upon the shoulders of d'Albert that the mantle of Rubinstein, to my thinking, has fallen. His place as a composer will have to be decided by a future generation.

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Hermann Klein, Thirty Years of Musical Life in London, 1870-1900 (New York City, 1903), p. 417. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438592530594 accessed: 20 June, 2024


Hermann Klein
Music Critic, Singing Teacher, Writer

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Emperor Concerto
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Eugen d'Albert, Felix Mottl

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 June, 1896
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Mon, 03 Aug 2015 10:02:10 +0100
Approved on Sun, 24 Apr 2016 15:57:57 +0100