Benjamin Britten in Wigmore Hall - 19 March, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, March 19 1931, page 67:

Quite good lesson with Ireland in Chelsea at 10.0. Practise afternoon, tea with Barbara & Mummy at Selfridges at 4.45. Go with Mummy (with tickets from Mrs. Brosa via. Mrs Bridge) to topping recital by Antonio Brosa. He is simply superb. Incredible technique, with beautiful interpretation. His Bach Chaconne was great. Prokofiev op. 16 Vln. Concerto didn’t contain much music, but was rather like a compendium of School for Virtuosity vln exercises. He played it toppingly. A great violinist.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, March 19 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 67. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Wigmore Hall


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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written by Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach
performed by Antonio Brosa
Violin Concerto op. 16
written by Sergei Prokofiev
performed by Antonio Brosa

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 March, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Brosa’s Wigmore Hall recital, with the pianist George Reeves, also included Veracini’s Sonata in A minor.

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:27:38 +0100