Mrs. Bridge et al. in Queen's Hall - 8 February, 1933

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 130:

Go to see Bridges after tea. After supper I go with them (Tickets from B.B.C. - front row dress circle - dinner jacket - top hat!) to Queen's Hall, B.B.C. Concert. Euryanthe ov. - disgraceful perf. under A. Boult. - wrong in tempi & mood from start to finish (although, notes pretty well played), as was the Eroica at the end - of which I can only stand 3 move. Elina Gerhart sings 4 Strauss Songs, v. well, although her voice is ob. past it. Intonation v. bad in Wiegenlied. Schönberg conducts his op. 31. variations.* What I could make of it, owing to a skin-of-its-teeth performance, was rather …   more >>
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John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 130. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435270568829 accessed: 18 September, 2021

location of experience: Queen's Hall

Listeners

Listening to

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Euryanthe Overture
written by Carl Maria von Weber
performed by Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Strauss Songs
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Elina Gerhart, Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Eroica Symphony
written by Beethoven
performed by Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
written by Arnold Schoenberg
performed by Arnold Schoenberg, BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Wiegenlied
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Elina Gerhart

Experience Information

Date/Time 8 February, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

*Schoenberg Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31 (1926-8).


Originally submitted by gkw on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:16:09 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:37:25 +0100