Lowell Mason in Gewandhaus, Leipzig - 19 February, 1852

from Musical letters from Abroad, pages 40-41:

Mad. Sontag is gone, and the Gewandhaus Orchestra is thrown upon its own strength and resources; but it fails not, neither is it faint or weary. The Eighteenth Concert was (save the charming singer) one of the very best of the season. The Orchestra (said one who has often heard) never played better; well might they feel the inspiration of their author, for they played Beethoven's 4th Symphonic, than which he has not written a better. It is not so well known in America, but it cannot rank second to anything which Beethoven has composed.

The adagio (sextuple movement) is as perfect in…   more >>

cite as

Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 40-1. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448279620157 accessed: 18 May, 2024

location of experience: Gewandhaus, Leipzig


Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer

Listening to

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4th Symphony
written by Beethoven
performance of 'unknown music' performed by G. Kruger
Extract from Jessonda
written by Louis Spohr
performed by Anna Klassig, Gewandhaus Orchestra
Melusine Overture
written by Felix Mendelssohn
performed by Gewandhaus Orchestra
written by Felix Mendelssohn
performed by Pauliner Sänger-Vereins

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 February, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:53:40 +0000
Approved on Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:00:13 +0000