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Subject: Fwd: Death in Venice
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:50:34 -0500
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From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sat, Nov 18, 2017 at 9:46 PM
Subject: Re: Death in Venice
To: Genevieve Castle Room <[log in to unmask]>


It's at times like this when the words "case closed" apply.

dtmk

On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 8:41 PM, Genevieve Castle Room <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Harold C. Schonberg wrote:
>
>
> >“Death in Venice” is the product of a master technician. The score is
> cunningly dovetailed, and every action on stage is perfectly echoed in the
> orchestra. There are recurrent motives of various kinds; there are certain
> instruments associated with various characters; there is an underlying
> feeling of menace and decay. In a way, “Death Venice” is a synthesis of
> everything Britten has composed up to now..... Yet one wonders. With all
> the craft that has gone into this opera, and into so much of Britten's
> previous work, he still remains a singularly calculating, even
> cold‐blooded, composer. It is hard to be moved by his crabbed melodic
> lines; they go up and down, imitating emotions rather than being emotional
> themselves. His settings often sound mannered and unnatural [....] "Death
> in Venice” is a very serious work, but the score ends up as brilliant
> background music. The plot takes over and supersedes everything else
> [....] It
> may be that Britten through the years has been, deep within himself, a very
> conservative composer who wanted to straddle the modern camp. Perhaps this
> accounts for his synthetic idiom. Certainly the immense degree of technique
> that he owns has seldom been matched by musical materials that have much
> staying power. This is of course a personal impression, but it is
> reinforced by the fact that very few of Britten's operas have ever achieved
> real popularity. “Death in Venice” will be talked about; it will, thanks to
> the ingenious production at the Metropolitan Opera, be admired by many. But
> will it be a repertory opera? Has it staying power? I doubt it.
>
> ----------------
>
> One of the few times where I mostly agree with Schonberg.
>
> This opera is one of the thinnest, most superficial I've ever experienced,
> both in the theatre and through listening to recordings.
>
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