Benjamin Britten in London - 18 February, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Feb 18 1931, page 64:

Finish copying out Carol & do a considerable amount of 4 part florid Cp't, 9.15-11.0 & after dinner. Practise & piano lesson as usual. I listen to half of a B.B.C. concert in evening. Egmont overture (marvellous work) & Brahms 1st Pft Concerto with Dohnanyi. Horrible scramble it sounded; anyway the strength of the first movement was there; but oh! the third movement! The wireless gradually faded in the first movement & so I missed the recap. & 1st half of movement 2. When I got a new accumulator, I listen to 1 min of Elgar Symphony 2, but can stand no more.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Feb 18 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London), p. 64. accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Egmont, Overture Op. 84
written by Beethoven
performed by BBC Concert Orchestra, Ernő Dohnányi
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
written by Brahms
performed by BBC Concert Orchestra, Ernő Dohnányi

Experience Information

Date/Time 18 February, 1931
Medium broadcast

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:28:41 +0100