Denis Matthews in Florence, Budapest - 1949
from In Pursuit of Music, page 123:
We … worked our way through Italy, spending consecutive nights in Bordighera, Genoa, Rapallo, Pisa, Florence, Padua and Venice, enjoying sunshine, architecture, painting, history, and wine. Even music: though the open-air performance of Rigoletto we heard in Florence had such an aura of improvisation about it that it reminded me of a shirt-sleeved Ninth Symphony I had heard in a Budapest bandstand before the war, in which the chorus gradually sauntered up one by one during the Adagio.
Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 123. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1477559001402 accessed: 10 December, 2023
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written by Guiseppe Verdi, Giuseppe Verdi
Symphony No. 9, 'Choral'
written by Beethoven
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There are two separate listening experiences recalled in this account. The performance of Rigoletto took place in 1949. The performance of the Ninth Symphony happened in the late 1930s.