William Beatty-Kingston in London - the 1840's
But —next to the inimitable Mendelssohn— of all the pianists I listened to with more or less rapture and envy before completing my tenth year, Stemdale Bennett was the one who most thoroughly fulfilled my boyish ideal of what playing ought to be. For finish, delicacy of expression, accuracy of phrasing, and a certain gentle grace of style that imparted an indefinable charm to his interpretations of classical works, I have never listened to anybody quite his equal.
William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 196. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447706238756 accessed: 4 December, 2023
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors|