Joan Wynne-Reeves et al. in London - 22 March, 1933

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, pages 135-136:

Go to dinner with Bridges at 7.0 & go to B.B.C. concert with Grace (Beth & Joan Wynne-Reeves also go) afterwards. Wood conducting Hindemith's Unaufhörliche.* Perf. mediocre competent but not inspired choral singing not even that [BB arrows back to 'competent' here] & some soloists. Adeleid Armhold was frightfully good tho'. The work is frightfully long & disconnected, naturly being wedded to such ludicrous words. It contains some fine things (esp. in second half), but it is too monotonous seeming to me a work of devices (clever enough) rather than inspiration.
cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 135-136. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435517989135 accessed: 21 October, 2021

location of experience: London

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976
Grace Williams
Schoolmistress, Composer
1906-1977

Listening to

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Das Unaufhörliche
written by Paul Hindemith
performed by Adeleid Armhold, BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 March, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

*Hindemith Das Unaufhörliche (1931), oratorio for soloists, chorus, children's choir and orchestra with a text by Gottfried Benn (1886-1956).


Originally submitted by gkw on Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:59:49 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:28:30 +0100