in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

My earliest memory is the first visit of Rostropovich (?) to England, when he performed the Dvorak cello concerto in RFH. I do not have the exact date, nor which orchestra or conductor. But the impact of his extraordinary playing is still vivid in my mind - in particular the extraordinary quality of his legato playing with such fullness of tone. This was quite unlike anything I had heard before. I believe I had only recently left the RCM as a cello student.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 4 March, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Cello Concerto
written by Antonín Dvorák
performed by Mstislav Rostropovich

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Mon, 07 Dec 2015 19:08:56 +0000
Approved on Tue, 08 Dec 2015 17:57:19 +0000