Benjamin Britten in Lowestoft - 23 December, 1934

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 239:

Letters etc. after tea, and listen to a but of Hänsel & Gretel from Berlin, but wireless is v. bad. Beethoven's Mass in d comes over better from Hilversum at 8.0-9.45. An excellent show (as regards playing & singing), the best Solo singing I've ever heard in this work - & orch & Chorus superb. Mengelberg who conducts, leaves alot to be desired - so[me] of it is very much out of the picture - not even being effective (end of Gloria & Credo), but the Agnus Dei is a great show. Of course one daren't talk about the work. It is just above criticism. 

cite as

John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 239. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Lowestoft


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Hansel und Gretel
written by Engelbert Humperdinck
Missa Solemnis
written by Beethoven
performed by Mengelberg

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 December, 1934
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by gkw on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:32:24 +0100
Approved on Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:42:47 +0100