Did Ernst perform Harold in August 1853?

The Dutch musicologist Pepijn van Doesburg has found some public announcements of Berlioz’s two concerts in Frankfurt on 24 and 29  August 1853 which reveal that the soloist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy was not  Ernst, as all the records have previously suggested, but a fellow named Posch, possibly a local viola player of surpassing obscurity. Ernst was often ill at this period and this is probably the reason why he did not play. [I owe this information to Hugh Macdonald.]

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