Benjamin Britten in Queen's Hall - 22 September, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 22 1931, page 83:

Go to Liverpool St. to see them & Barbara off to Lowestoft by 3.10. Tea here. Walk after. Go to Prom. after early dinner (6.30). Volga Boatman’s Song (blatently arranged). Song of Flea (Moussorgsky) – Harold Williams excellently sung. – very amusing. Rachmaninov’s terrible – vulgar, old-fashioned 2nd Pft. Concerto (Solomon). Mossolov’s Factory – amusing – nothing more. Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony – which makes one long for Chamber music & Mozart, & makes one deplore the discovery of “Fate”. Rather ragged orchestral playing. I prom, only till ½ time.
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 22 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, volume 72 (:London, 2009), p. 83. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422903481651 accessed: 9 December, 2021

location of experience: Queen's Hall

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Piano Concerto No. 2
written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
performed by Solomon, BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
Song of the Flea (arr. Henry Wood)
written by Modest Mussorgsky
performed by Harold Williams, BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
Song of the Volga Boatmen (arr. Henry Wood)
written by Aleksandr Glazunov
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
Symphony No. 4
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
The Foundry, Op 19
written by Aleksandr Mosolov
performed by BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood

Experience Information

Date/Time 22 September, 1931
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:58:02 +0000