Sylvia Townsend Warner - 11 September, 1953

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, pages 201-202:

This evening Furtwangler and the Vienna Philharmonic in Brahms no 1 from Edinburgh.  The transmission was not very good, and I am not naturally attuned to Furtwangler, he is the Thomas Aquinas of conductors; yet I am so profoundly impressed that I forget I am not profoundly moved.  There is such searching honesty in his reading; everything comes out - including the resemblance in the last movement not only to the theme which we all realise, but the key bugle orchestration of the 2nd Brahms appearance so reminiscent of the key bugle tenor variation of the 9th.  And …   more >>

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Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 201-202. accessed: 4 December, 2022


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Brahms No 1
written by Brahms
performed by Wilhelm Furtwängler, Vienna Philharmonic

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 September, 1953
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:03:45 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:11:13 +0000