Benjamin Britten in London - 11 February, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Feb 11 1931, pages 63-64:

Lesson with Benjamin at 2.40. Meet an Italian (?) Violin Scholar at College and arrange to practise duets with him. See Mabel Ritchie, also, & she gives me her address. I listen to B.B.C concert on Miss Prior's wireless. First half (Schuman, Manfred ov. - marvellous work - Beethoven 4th concerto (Beautifully played by Backhaus)) does not come through v. well. 2nd Half - Planets. These works arn't very much to my taste, but they are v. fine & clever. Jupiter has some good tunes; Mars v. striking. Altogether, too much, harp, celesta, Bells etc. Beginning of Saturn & end of Neptune v. beautiful. …   more >>
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Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Feb 11 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 63-64. accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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The Planets, Op. 32
written by Gustav Holst
performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra and Wireless Chorusus, Adrian Boult

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 February, 1931
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:14:56 +0100