Benjamin Britten in London - 28 October, 1931

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 87:

Listen to B.B.C Symp. concert on wireless in evening. Henry Wood. Beethoven - Coriolan; "Der [Die] Frist ist um" (Flying Dutchman)* - well sung by Herb. Janssen (wobbly intonation occasionally tho'). Sibelius 1st Symphony - amazingly fine - rather Brahm's like. He does some very commonplace things tho'. Har. Bauer in G maj Beethoven Concerto. 1st & 2nd movs magnificent. 3rd too fast, & rather ragged. To end - Liszt's brilliant & amazing Mephisto Walser.

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 87. accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Mephisto Waltz
written by Franz Liszt
Symphony No. 1
written by Jean Sibelius
Coriolan Overture Op. 62
written by Beethoven
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Der fliegende Holländer
written by Richard Wagner
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Herbert Janssen

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 October, 1931
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


*The Dutchman's Act I aria from Wagner's opera, Der fliegende Holländer.

Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:16:12 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:24:57 +0100