Mrs. Britten et al. in Vienna - 17 November, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 234:

In aft Mum & I go to Philarmonic Orch. concert at Music Verein - Knappertsbusch conducts. Not first-rate, & terribly affected and extravagant in detail, & uncontrolled. But does some things well. The audience went mad over the Bruckner 4th Symphony - why, I cannot imagine, as I find it a dismal work, with very very few redeeming patches. Certainly the orch. played it and the Tschaikov. Pathetic, which followed, magnificently - I have never heard such string playing or such horn tone, or many other details. But I felt they were being so wasted on this frantically boring Bruckner …   more >>

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 234. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1438198851821 accessed: 27 November, 2021

location of experience: Vienna

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Symphony No. 4
written by Bruckner
performed by Hans Knappertsbusch, Vienna Philharmonic
Symphony No. 6
written by Darius Milhaud, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by Hans Knappertsbusch, Vienna Philharmonic

Experience Information

Date/Time 17 November, 1934
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by gkw on Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:40:52 +0100
Approved on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:52:32 +0100