Mrs. Britten et al. in Basel - 27 October, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 230:

In morning I go to the final rehearsal of a Symphony Concert to which Mum goes with me at 8.p.m. Weingartner conducting the very fine Basel orchestra (only a few instrumentalists needing revision). A. Strauss programme - Macbeth, Heldenleben & 7 songs (delightfly sung by Elizabeth Schumann, that great artist - although they were badly chosen - not enough variety). W. does not like Strauss, consequently the ensemble was occasionally slack, the music was stilted, & had, more often than not, no vitality. Luckily alot of it plays itself & Heldenleben had some really thrilling …   more >>

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 230. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438195312459 accessed: 28 October, 2021

location of experience: Basel

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Macbeth
written by Richard Struass
performed by Basel Orchestra, Felix Weingartner
unspecified Strauss songs
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Basel Orchestra, Elizabeth Schumann, Felix Weingartner
Heldenleben
written by Richard Struass
performed by Basel Orchestra, Felix Weingartner

Experience Information

Date/Time 27 October, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

*Strauss Macbeth (1886-8), his first tone poem for orchestra, described by Strauss himself as 'the precise expression of my artistic ideas and feelings.'


Originally submitted by gkw on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:41:52 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:03:55 +0100