Benjamin Britten in Queen's Hall - 22 September, 1931
Go to Liverpool St. to see them & Barbara off to Lowestoft by 3.10. Tea here. Walk after. Go to Prom. after early dinner (6.30). Volga Boatman’s Song (blatently arranged). Song of Flea (Moussorgsky) – Harold Williams excellently sung. – very amusing. Rachmaninov’s terrible – vulgar, old-fashioned 2nd Pft. Concerto (Solomon). Mossolov’s Factory – amusing – nothing more. Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony – which makes one long for Chamber music & Mozart, & makes one deplore the discovery of “Fate”. Rather ragged orchestral playing. I prom, only till ½ time.
Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 22 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, volume 72 (:London, 2009), p. 83. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422903481651 accessed: 18 October, 2021
Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:58:02 +0000