William Beatty-Kingston in Vienna - 1866

from Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, page 211:

To me his [Johannes Brahms] playing was always intensely interesting. Its inaccuracy and slovenliness vexed my ear; but its descriptiveness and, still more, its suggestiveness were fruitful in exercise for the intelligence. One of the strongest impressions it made upon me — leaving, of course, its vigorous and subtle intellectuality out of the question — was that the great Hamburg composer never thoroughly studied any work selected by him for performance in public, but contented himself with mastering its plan and intention, as he understood …   more >>

cite as

William Beatty-Kingston, Music and manners; personal reminiscences and sketches of character, volume 1 (London, 1887), p. 211. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1447970176547 accessed: 4 December, 2021

location of experience: Vienna

Listeners

William Beatty-Kingston
journalist, Librettist, memoirist, Translation
1837-1900

Experience Information

Date/Time 1866
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by Meg Barclay on Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:56:16 +0000
Approved on Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:40:58 +0000