Sylvia Townsend Warner - 10 February, 1954

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, pages 206-207:

The Britten-Pears concert, with Britten's new cycle of Hardy poems.  All have power, and his particular forthrightness, and poetic reading of the words: those I was most impressed by were The Travelling Boy, with its reiterated figure in the accompaniment, a bouncing futile phrase with the frustration of To Lincolnshire to Lancashire to buy a pocket-handkercher; and the last, Before Life and After, which is noble like a slow dance, a sarabande-like solemn climbing.  Pears was singing very well, his Nacht and Traume superlative, and a Schubert I didn't know, Sprach der Liebe, most …   more >>

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Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 206-207. accessed: 15 June, 2024


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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Benjamin Britten

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 February, 1954
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:57:03 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:16:46 +0000