Benjamin Britten in Vienna - 4 November, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 231:

Mum has a very nasty fall in her room while washing. She comes down to breakfast, but goes to bed soon after for the rest of the day. So I have to go to the Philharmonic Orch. concert alone - this at 11.30 - conducted Mengelberg. Little can be said abt. the orchestra - I've never heard the like. M. doesn't impress me so much. He rescores Beethoven's lovely Pastoral Symphony in places almost out of recognition - & even Mahler's 4th Symphony (M. of all people knew to the nth degree what he wanted). But I enjoyed this work enormously - I know it's long - but not too long (except perhaps …   more >>

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 231. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Vienna


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Pastoral Symphony
written by Beethoven
performed by Mengelberg, Vienna Philharmonic
Symphony No. 4
written by Gustav Mahler
performed by Mengelberg, Elizabeth Schumann, Vienna Philharmonic

Experience Information

Date/Time 4 November, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:58:37 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:56:46 +0100