in Royal Festival Hall - 26 February, 1967

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Sunday 26th Feb. 1967 and the first appearance on the concert platform in the UK, perhaps anywhere, of Otto Klemperer after he fell asleep with a cigarette alight and nearly burned himself to death. He appeared from the left, the audience errupted as he was helped up the steps to the platform. Then in the most amazing emotional atmosphere, the New Philharmonia and Klemperer performed Mahlers 9th Symphony, whose fourth movement Klemperer has described as "the majesty of death". An incredible unforgettable evening at the Royal Festival Hall.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 1 December, 2023 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Ninth Symphony
written by Gustav Mahler, Gustav Mahler
performed by New Philharmonia, Otto Klemperer

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 February, 1967
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:42:41 +0000
Approved on Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:21:48 +0000