in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

My memory is one of the few London appearances of conductor Guido Cantelli who died tragically in an air crash at the age of 36. I was right at the back of the Grand Tier and saw 3000 people driven physically back in their seats as he 'let loose' the opening of the final movement of Tchaikovsky 4 [6?]. Their brains numbed, they made the mistake of leaning forward and were hurled back again as the motif was repeated. Had he lived 'so would Toscanini' and many of today's 'praise to the roof' performances would pale before him. My …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 25 July, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by Guido Cantelli

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 18:51:32 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:14:09 +0000