Benjamin Britten et al. in London - 15 May, 1933

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 141:

Go on to London Musical Festival concert (B.B.C. orch) after with Grace. (Good seats from B.B.C.). Conductor Serge Koussevitzky. Not so startling as I imagined. He seemed too finicky & not at ease. He wasn't very enlightening in Sibelius 7th Smph, abt. which I can't make up my mind. It contains some fine things & some utter tosh. A hectic perf of Tsch. 5th finished. An uneven work. Concert began with Prokofiev's Classical Symph. Brilliant, witty scoring. Rather dull second movement.
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John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 141. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435697696105 accessed: 19 October, 2021

location of experience: London

Listeners

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

Listening to

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Symphony No. 5
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky
Symphony No. 7
written by Jean Sibelius
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky

Experience Information

Date/Time 15 May, 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:54:56 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:23:13 +0100