Benjamin Britten in London - 8 March, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, March 8 1931b, page 66:

Go to BB.C. Studio for concert which Mr. B. conducts, with Mrs. B. & Miss Fass (?). Revel in Haydn (Symp. 104), & Bridge 2 Tagore Songs - marvellous creations, not superbly sung by Astra Desmond. P. Herrman plays Schumann Vlc Concerto poorly, R-Korsakov Cap. Espagnol, Marvellously played by the orchestra as was every item, the B.B.C. Orch is awfully fine, but discipline (owing to No. of conductors) faulty. Wind-excellent; L. Kennedy & F. Thurston (clar.) simply superb. Bridge conducted marvellously. Back by taxi at 11.10.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, March 8 1931b. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 66. accessed: 20 November, 2017

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Schumann Concerto in A minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 129
written by Robert Schumann
performed by BBC Symphony Orcehstra, P. Herrman, Frank Bridge
'Day after Day' and 'Speak to Me My Love' from Bridge Three Tagore Songs (1922-5)
written by Frank Bridge
performed by Astra Desmond, Frank Bridge
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D, 'London', Hob:I/i04
written by Haydn
performed by BBC Symphony Orcehstra, Frank Bridge
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
written by Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov
performed by BBC Symphony Orcehstra, Frank Bridge

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 March, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in private, in the company of others

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:32:33 +0100