Benjamin Britten in Queen's Hall - 23 September, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 23 1931, page 84:

Lesson with Benjamin 12.30–1.0. Arrange about practice at New S. of Music [the RCM’s new practice studios] in aft. & go on to Augeners to buy some music. Go to Prom. (Brahms) in evening with Peter Floud & his sister. 3 Magnificent works – orch. moderate – Haydn Var. – Concerto no 1. (Myra Hess – v. creditable & moving performance) & the glorious 3rd Symphony. After interval Myra Hess plays the Symphonic Var. of Franck. Delightful work (quite[crossed out] his masterpiece), equally delightfully played. Considering the diff. between this & the Brahms. M. Hess did splendidly.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 23 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 84. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422904075927 accessed: 24 October, 2021

location of experience: Queen's Hall

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
written by Brahms
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Myra Hess
Symphony No. 3 in F major
written by Brahms
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
Variations Symphoniques
written by César Franck
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Myra Hess, Henry Wood
Variations on the St Anthony Chorale, Op 56a
written by Brahms
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 September, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:07:57 +0000