Benjamin Britten in Lowestoft - 14 March, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 202:

Listen to broadcast of concert performance of Wozzeck (1st in England) from Q.H. - by B.B.C. orch & Adrian Boult with Bitterauf as Wozzeck (superb) & May Blyth as Marie (Seemed excellent) & large & efficient cast.* It wasn't very satisfactory as a broadcast - voices too loud, & blurring. Only the third Act (& bits of second) were intelligible. The music of this is extraordinarly striking without the action, while that of the first isn't - except for the exciting march & beautiful little lullaby. The hand of Tristan is over alot of the intense emotion, but Berg …   more >>

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 202. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Lowestoft


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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written by Alban Berg
performed by Bitterauf, Mary Jarred, May Blyth, Parry Jones, Tudor Davies, Walter Widdop, Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 March, 1934
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


*The cast also included Walter Widdop, Tudor Davies, Parry Jones and Mary Jarred.

Originally submitted by gkw on Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:49:27 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:35:31 +0100