Benjamin Britten in London - 11 March, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, March 11 1931, page 66:

Finish my carol in morning. Practise. Lesson with Benjamin 2.40. Go to University Library get Chopin - Godovsky Studies vol. 1. Brahms F 5tet & Bruchner no8 Symph. Go to very fine B.B.C. concert conducted by O. Fried. Coriolan ov. (v. finely played). Brahms 2nd Concerto (Gieseking) - simply magnificent. He was as brilliant as Rubenstein, but put the music to the fore simply magnificently - I've never heard a Concerto played so well. Berlioz Fantastic Symphony - more polished than the HallĂ©, & consequently March to Scaffold lost a bit. But the orchestra was simply superb, all the evening. …   more >>
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, March 11 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 66. accessed: 22 November, 2017

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Concerto No. 2 in B flat Op. 83
written by Johannes Brahms
performed by Walter Gieseking, Lauri Kennedy, BBC Symphony Orcehstra
Symphonie Fantastique
written by Hector Berlioz
performed by Oskar Fried, BBC Symphony Orcehstra
Coriolan Overture Op. 62
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Oskar Fried, BBC Symphony Orcehstra

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 March, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:09:07 +0100