Ethel Bridge et al. - 29 October, 1930

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Oct 29 1930, pages 55-56:

Ordinary practise in morning, with Mass afterwards. Practise 2—3, then College. V. nice lesson with Benjamin. Go to Shaftsbury Avenue to H. Reeves; get Tchaikovsky concerto (Bb) cheap ed. & Ravel. Bolero soiled (4/6) Go to B.B.C. Symphony concert with Mrs. Bridge in evening. The orchestra is most magnificent material; but I dislike Boult; he doesn't play a stringed instrument & you can tell it by listening to the strings. Beethoven 8th disappointing. Rubenstein played the Tch. [Tchaikovsky Bb] concerto magnificently, but rather as if he didn't like it.
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Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Oct 29 1930. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 55-56. accessed: 14 July, 2024


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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B-flat Concerto
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by Nikolai Rubinstein
Symphony No. 8
written by Beethoven
performed by Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 October, 1930
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:35:33 +0000