in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Despite the darkness and turbulence of this mundane world, there is a fuller and brighter life to which we may confidently aspire - should we but listen to sublime music. Of all my wonderful memories in 'my' beloved RFH there is one that towers over all. Arthur Rubinstein's annual concerts - rather EVENTS - when artist, composer, instrument and audience were blended into One.  A peak experience was his performance of the Chopin G minor Ballade as an encore.  I was standing but a few feet away from what felt like powerhouse of spirituality. It was unforgettable.

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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Chopin: G minor Ballade
written by Chopin
performed by Arthur Rubinstein

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 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:35:52 +0000
Approved on Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:28:57 +0000