Sergei Prokofiev in New York City - 19 October, 1919

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 October 1919, page 429:

Rachmaninoff's concert, the first this season. He played a Beethoven sonata magnificently, Chopin not so well, and after that Mendelssohn's Rondo Capriccioso and three waltzes, by Chopin, himself, and from Gounod's Faust. If he had played a programme like that in Russia they would have thrown a dead cat at him. Of his own things only one Etude Tableau, very good indeed. Rachmaninoff preserves an Olympian detachment; some things he plays wonderfully, others like a block of wood, but his programme sell audiences short. In me he arouses a strange …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 19 October 1919, p. 429. accessed: 21 May, 2024

location of experience: New York City


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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Etude Tableau
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Rondo Capriccioso
written by Felix Mendelssohn
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Three Waltzes
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Charles Gounod, Chopin
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Sonata
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 October, 1919
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Fri, 08 Jan 2016 00:08:40 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:34:53 +0100