()WIN Ci to Otto Klemperer's
sudden illness, Alceo Galliera took his place-and very ably-at short notice in the two celebrity concerts at the Royal Festival Hall last week.
In the second concert Gioconda de Vito gave a deeply moving performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and in the first the less familiar figure of the young Hungarian, Geza Anda, played Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. His playing showed rare artistry and feeling, with never a hint of showmanship Maestro Galliera gave us the "Italian" interpretation of Brahms' Fourth Symphony. which glowed with a warmth. vitality and excitement that brought all Brahm's power into the open-in contrast to the "[Terme'," version that allows it only to simmer below the surface.
The Ni i I hannon ie. Orchestra responded magnificently under Galliera's baton. L.H.