Mrs. Bridge et al. in London - 23 November, 1932

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 122:

Go to B.B.C Concert with Mrs. Bridge. Henry Wood makes a great mistake playing a garish arr. of Beranice ov. (Handel) before a perf of Mozart Haffner Symph. with reduced orch; which sounded ridiculously thin. Casals plays Haydn's conc. marvellously technically but does one or two things I don't like. But the treat of the evening was 2 mov. from Bach C min Suite as encore. Superb! End with Dvorak 5th Symp. This wonderful work was rather spoil by a rough perf.*
cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 122. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435010080072 accessed: 23 October, 2021

location of experience: London

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Berenice Overture
written by George Frideric Handel
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
Cello Suite in C minor
written by Bach
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Pablo Casals, Henry Wood
Symphony No. 35 'Haffner'
written by Mozart
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
Symphony No. 5
written by Antonín Dvorák, Beethoven
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
unspecified cello concerto
written by Joseph Haydn
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Pablo Casals, Henry Wood

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 November, 1932
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

*Interesting and characteristic that Britten should respond most favourably to Casals' encore - the Allemande from Bach's C minor cello suite.


Originally submitted by gkw on Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:54:40 +0100
Approved on Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:23:15 +0100