Richard Temple Savage in Sheffield - 1936

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 41:

The highlight of the Sheffield Festival was seeing and hearing Rachmaninoff. We performed his cantata "The Bells" though nobody quite seemed to know why he did not in the end conduct it himself, and I was sitting close to him as he played his Second Piano Concerto. He wore an evening dress that was literally green with age, sat very still and hummed throughout on one note while, without any histrionics, he produced the most beautiful playing I have ever heard - an absolute revelation.

cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 41. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Sheffield


Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer

Listening to

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'The Bells' op. 35
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra
Piano Concerto No. 2
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 1936
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public


Follows on from Experience 1426871298804.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:08:04 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:30:42 +0000