Benjamin Britten - 18 March, 1931

from Dairy of Benjamin Britten, March 18 1931, page 67:

Lesson at 2.40. Mummy arrives at 4.0 by bus from Lowestoft. Barbara comes to dinner Go with Mummy to B.B.C – Beethoven concert, conducted by Oskar Fried. Fidelio, 4th & 9th Symphonys. The first two were played beautifully. But Fried seemed to frighten the orchestra in the 9th. He altered scoring right and left. 1st movement, impressive, 2nd mov. too fast, the 3rd two slow. Last movement was notable for fine singing of Nat. Chorus & soloists. All considering it was rather a disappointing performance – of the conductor’s. He was raging all the way through the 9th – there is no reason why…   more >>
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Benjamin Britten, Dairy of Benjamin Britten, March 18 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 67. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1401895243191 accessed: 24 November, 2017

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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the Ninth Symphony
written by Ludwig van Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Oskar Fried, BBC Symphony Orcehstra
4th Symphony
written by Ludwig van Beethoven
performed by Oskar Fried, BBC Symphony Orcehstra
Fidelio
written by Ludwig van Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Oskar Fried

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 March, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:20:43 +0100