Music: Boos for Benjy

The program notes read like a travel brochure: "Let us walk through Mozart's garden . . . We enter by an unassuming little gate: the Symphony in D [K.84] of the 14-year-old Mozart." The guide on this all-Mozart stroll last week was Benjamin Britten, 37, one of Britain's most highly rated composers (Peter Grimes). But the Holland Festival audience in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw was in for a grievous disappointment: not only did Benjy stray off the path; he tromped on the flowers.

A bobbing Britten conducted the nervous, unsettled Dutch Broadcast Chamber Orchestra through...

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