Berlioz first visited London between November 1847 and July 1848. On Monday 7 February 1848 he gave his first concert, which consisted entirely of his own compositions, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. This page reproduces a review of that concert published in the Illustrated London News on 12 February. See also on this site an article on Berlioz that appeared in the same issue of the ILN, and a letter of Berlioz written to a friend on 12 February about the reception that he received at this concert. Although the review is not signed, it is almost certainly by Charles Gruneisen, as is also the article on Berlioz in the same issue of the journal. Berlioz thanked Gruneisen immediately after the publication of the journal.
The text of the review and the accompanying image have been scanned from our own copy of the issue of 12 February 1848 of the Illustrated London News.
See also another review of the same concert published in The Times on 8 February.
The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18 July 1997; this page created on 1 April 2006.
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