Sylvia Townsend Warner - 6 April, 1963

from The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner, pages 285-286:

I went dejectedly to my room, turned on the wireless.  It was Monteux conducting the 9th. The applause is still tempesting on as I write.  Never have I heard such infallible tempi, nor singers inspired to such fire.  never have I heard such applause, breaking in like a finale to the final chords. Freude, Schöner Götterfunken...Oh, it is true! In his 89th year, Monteux proves it. He gave such life, such fluency to his singers that even in the barking passage they didn't bark, they clamoured.

cite as

Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Claire Harman (ed.), The diaries of Sylvia Townsend Warner (:London, 1995), p. 285-286. accessed: 23 April, 2024


Sylvia Townsend Warner
Musicologist, Writer

Listening to

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orchestral music performed by Pierre Monteux

Experience Information

Date/Time 6 April, 1963
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:21:38 +0100
Approved on Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:48:20 +0000