Benjamin Britten in Lowestoft - 9 September, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 9 1931, page 82:

I get W. Walton’s Viola Concerto from O.U.P. It’s a fine work but difficult. Walk with Beth before lunch. Go with Beth & 4 Chartres (– Gordon) to “Hell’s Angels” at Marina in aft. Marvellous photography spoilt by Slop. Stuff. Listen on a hired wireless to Brahms prom. Rhapsody – wonderful work, spoilt completely by atmospherics, as was rest of concert. D’ble Concerto, Arthur Catteral, good, L. Kennedy wonderful – tone comparable to Casals. Magnificent 4th Symph to wind up with.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 9 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 82. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Lowestoft


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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4th Symphony
written by Beethoven
Double Concerto
Rhapsodies, Op. 79
written by Brahms

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 September, 1931
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors


John Evans notes: In view of Britten’s later dislike of Brahms and Henry Wood, a somewhat surprising entry; see also 23 September.

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:24:49 +0000