Mother of Denis Matthews et al. in Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham - 1931

from In Pursuit of Music, pages 25-26:

 

 

When critics complain that they are tired of familiar masterpieces and even talk, as I once heard one do, of a desire to ban certain works like the Beethoven symphonies for a period of years, I wonder if they give a thought to the many who, at every concert, may be hearing them for the first time?  The Berlin Philharmonic played on this, for me, historic occasion nothing more adventurous than the Third Brandenburg Concerto, the Fifth Symphony, Tod und …   more >>

cite as

Denis Matthews, In Pursuit of Music (London, 1966), p. 25-26. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1476997270767 accessed: 20 October, 2021

location of experience: Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham

Listeners

Denis Matthews
Broadcaster, Musicologist, Pianist
1919-1988

Listening to

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Prelude to Die Meistersinger
written by Richard Wagner
performed by Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler
Symphony No. 5
written by Beethoven
performed by Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler
Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24
written by Richard Strauss
performed by Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
written by Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Berlin Philharmonic, Wilhelm Furtwängler

Experience Information

Date/Time 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

Denis Matthews was taken by his mother to this concert as a twelfth birthday treat. He had never before heard a symphony orchestra live.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:01:10 +0100
Approved on Tue, 16 May 2017 11:17:23 +0100