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Britten: Death in Venice

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CHAN 10280
 
Multiple Set of 2 CDs
Britten: Death in Venice
Release Date: February 2005
Originally recorded in 2004
Composer (1913-1976)
Benjamin Britten
Solo tenor - Gustav von Aschenbach
Philip Langridge
Solo baritone - The Traveller, The Elderly Fop, The Old Gondolier, The Hotel Manager, The Hotel Barber, The Leader of the Players, The Voice of Dionysus
Alan Opie
Solo counter-tenor - The Voice of Apollo
Michael Chance
Choral
BBC Singers
Conductor
Richard Hickox
Venue
Blackheath Halls, London
Producer
Brian Couzens
Engineer
Ralph Couzens
Engineer (Assistant)
Michael Common
Genre:
Opera

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)

Death in Venice, Op. 88

151:29
An opera in two acts
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper based on the short story by Thomas Mann
Act I
Scene 1. Munich
1.
Aschenbach: 'My mind beats on'
5:39
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Aschenbach: 'Who's that?'
4:38
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Aschenbach: 'I have always kept a close watch over my development'
1:45
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Scene 2. On the boat to Venice
4.
Youths: 'Hey there, hey there, you!'
6:52
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Overture. Venice
2:35
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Scene 3. The journey to the Lido
6.
Aschenbach: 'Ah Serenissima!'
5:09
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Aschenbach: 'Mysterious gondola'
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Scene 4. The first evening at the hotel
8.
Hotel Manager: 'We are delighted to greet the Signore'
2:52
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9.
Aschenbach: 'So I am led to Venice once again'
3:26
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10.
Hotel Guests: 'The Lido is so charming, is it not?'
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Aschenbach: 'How does such beauty come about?'
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Scene 5. On the beach
Aschenbach and Hotel Guests stroll about -
12.
Aschenbach: 'The wind is from the West'
2:26
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(A group of children play at beach games. . .) -
13.
Strawberry Seller: 'Le bele fragole'
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Aschenbach: 'Ah, how peaceful to contemplate the sea'
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(children's games with Tadzio as ringleader) -
15.
Chorus: 'Adziù, Adziù!'
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Aschenbach: 'As one who strives to create beauty'
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Scene 6. The foiled departure
Aschenbach crosses to Venice in a gondola -
17.
Gondolier: 'Aou'! Stagando, aou'!'
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Hotel Manager: 'Naturally Signore, I understand'
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19.
Hotel Porter: 'There you are, Signore, just in time'
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20.
Aschenbach: 'I am become like one of my early heroes'
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Hotel Manager: 'A thousand apologies to the Signore'
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Scene 7. The Games of Apollo
22.
Chorus of Hotel Guests: 'Beneath a dazzling sky the sea. . .'
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Chorus: 'No boy, but Phoebus of the golden hair'
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Chorus: 'See where Hyacinthus plays'
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Chorus: 'Phaedrus learned what beauty is'
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Chorus: 'First, the race!'
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Chorus: 'Try your skill'
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Chorus: 'Young discobolus'
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Chorus: 'Up and over'
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Chorus: 'Measure to fight'
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Aschenbach: 'The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me'
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Act II
32.
[Orchestral introduction]
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Aschenbach: 'So, it has come to this'
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Scene 8. The Hotel Barber's shop (i)
34.
Hotel Barber: 'Guardate, Signore'
2:32
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Scene 9. The pursuit
Aschenbach is crossing to Venice -
35.
Aschenbach: 'Do I detect a scent?'
4:56
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(Aschenbach begins to follow the family) -
36.
Aschenbach: 'And now I cannot let them out of sight'
2:31
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37.
Chorus: 'Kyrie eleison'
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38.
Aschenbach: 'Gustav von Aschenbach, what is this path you have taken?'
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Scene 10. The Strolling Players
39.
Hotel Porter: 'This way for the players, Signori!'
2:06
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(The Leader of the Players comes forward. . .) -
40.
Leader of the Players: 'La mia nonna always used to tell me'
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41.
Leader of the Players: 'Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso'
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42.
A Young English Clerk: 'One moment, if you please'
5:29
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Scene 11. The travel bureau
Scene 12. The Lady of the Pearls
Aschenbach walks up and down agitatedly -
43.
Aschenbach: 'So it is true, true, more fearful than I thought'
1:44
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Aschenbach: 'So - I didn't speak!'
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Scene 13. The dream
45.
Voice of Dionysus: 'Receive the stranger god'
3:42
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Scene 14. The empty beach
Aschenbach slowly moves to his chair on the beach. . . -
46.
Aschenbach: 'Do what you will with me!'
2:05
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Scene 15. The Hotel Barber's shop (ii)
47.
Hotel Barber: 'Yes! a very wise decision, if I may say so'
2:31
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Scene 16. The last visit to Venice
Aschenbach, with his new appearance, is seen getting gaily into a gondola -
48.
Aschenbach: 'Hurrah for the Piazza'
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49.
Aschenbach: 'Does beauty lead to wisdom, Phaedrus?'
3:21
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Scene 17. The departure
50.
Hotel Manager: 'The wind still blows from the land'
4:08
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(The Hotel Manager watches Aschenbach go out to the deserted beach. . .) -
51.
Aschenbach: 'Ah, no!'
5:06
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Solo: Philip Langridge tenor - Gustav von Aschenbach
Solo: Alan Opie baritone - The Traveller, The Elderly Fop, The Old Gondolier, The Hotel Manager, The Hotel Barber, The Leader of the Players, The Voice of Dionysus
Solo: Michael Chance counter-tenor - The Voice of Apollo
Conductor: Richard Hickox
21-24 July 2004

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)

Death in Venice, Op. 88

151:29
An opera in two acts
Libretto by Myfanwy Piper based on the short story by Thomas Mann
COMPACT DISC ONE
Act I
Scene 1. Munich
1.
Aschenbach: 'My mind beats on'
5:39
(He is suddenly aware of the Traveller. . .) -
2.
Aschenbach: 'Who's that?'
4:38
3.
Aschenbach: 'I have always kept a close watch over my development'
1:45
Scene 2. On the boat to Venice
4.
Youths: 'Hey there, hey there, you!'
6:52
5.
Overture. Venice
2:35
Scene 3. The journey to the Lido
6.
Aschenbach: 'Ah Serenissima!'
5:09
7.
Aschenbach: 'Mysterious gondola'
1:30
Scene 4. The first evening at the hotel
8.
Hotel Manager: 'We are delighted to greet the Signore'
2:52
9.
Aschenbach: 'So I am led to Venice once again'
3:26
10.
Hotel Guests: 'The Lido is so charming, is it not?'
3:40
11.
Aschenbach: 'How does such beauty come about?'
1:35
Scene 5. On the beach
Aschenbach and Hotel Guests stroll about -
12.
Aschenbach: 'The wind is from the West'
2:26
(A group of children play at beach games. . .) -
13.
Strawberry Seller: 'Le bele fragole'
2:21
14.
Aschenbach: 'Ah, how peaceful to contemplate the sea'
2:51
(children's games with Tadzio as ringleader) -
15.
Chorus: 'Adziù, Adziù!'
3:30
16.
Aschenbach: 'As one who strives to create beauty'
1:33
Scene 6. The foiled departure
Aschenbach crosses to Venice in a gondola -
17.
Gondolier: 'Aou'! Stagando, aou'!'
4:48
18.
Hotel Manager: 'Naturally Signore, I understand'
3:38
19.
Hotel Porter: 'There you are, Signore, just in time'
1:07
20.
Aschenbach: 'I am become like one of my early heroes'
1:51
21.
Hotel Manager: 'A thousand apologies to the Signore'
3:43
Scene 7. The Games of Apollo
22.
Chorus of Hotel Guests: 'Beneath a dazzling sky the sea. . .'
1:17
23.
Chorus: 'No boy, but Phoebus of the golden hair'
1:57
24.
Chorus: 'See where Hyacinthus plays'
2:46
25.
Chorus: 'Phaedrus learned what beauty is'
2:02
Total time: 75:43
COMPACT DISC TWO
1.
Chorus: 'First, the race!'
0:51
2.
Chorus: 'Try your skill'
0:49
3.
Chorus: 'Young discobolus'
0:53
4.
Chorus: 'Up and over'
1:08
5.
Chorus: 'Measure to fight'
1:03
6.
Aschenbach: 'The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me'
4:09
Act II
7.
[Orchestral introduction]
2:26
8.
Aschenbach: 'So, it has come to this'
2:41
Scene 8. The Hotel Barber's shop (i)
9.
Hotel Barber: 'Guardate, Signore'
2:32
Scene 9. The pursuit
Aschenbach is crossing to Venice -
10.
Aschenbach: 'Do I detect a scent?'
4:56
(Aschenbach begins to follow the family) -
11.
Aschenbach: 'And now I cannot let them out of sight'
2:31
12.
Chorus: 'Kyrie eleison'
6:09
13.
Aschenbach: 'Gustav von Aschenbach, what is this path you have taken?'
1:00
Scene 10. The Strolling Players
14.
Hotel Porter: 'This way for the players, Signori!'
2:06
(The Leader of the Players comes forward. . .) -
15.
Leader of the Players: 'La mia nonna always used to tell me'
2:14
16.
Leader of the Players: 'Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso'
4:28
17.
A Young English Clerk: 'One moment, if you please'
5:29
Scene 11. The travel bureau
Scene 12. The Lady of the Pearls
Aschenbach walks up and down agitatedly -
18.
Aschenbach: 'So it is true, true, more fearful than I thought'
1:44
19.
Aschenbach: 'So - I didn't speak!'
2:57
Scene 13. The dream
20.
Voice of Dionysus: 'Receive the stranger god'
3:42
Scene 14. The empty beach
Aschenbach slowly moves to his chair on the beach. . . -
21.
Aschenbach: 'Do what you will with me!'
2:05
Scene 15. The Hotel Barber's shop (ii)
22.
Hotel Barber: 'Yes! a very wise decision, if I may say so'
2:31
Scene 16. The last visit to Venice
Aschenbach, with his new appearance, is seen getting gaily into a gondola -
23.
Aschenbach: 'Hurrah for the Piazza'
4:35
24.
Aschenbach: 'Does beauty lead to wisdom, Phaedrus?'
3:21
Scene 17. The departure
25.
Hotel Manager: 'The wind still blows from the land'
4:08
(The Hotel Manager watches Aschenbach go out to the deserted beach. . .) -
26.
Aschenbach: 'Ah, no!'
5:06
Total time: 75:46
Solo: Philip Langridge tenor - Gustav von Aschenbach
Solo: Alan Opie baritone - The Traveller, The Elderly Fop, The Old Gondolier, The Hotel Manager, The Hotel Barber, The Leader of the Players, The Voice of Dionysus
Solo: Michael Chance counter-tenor - The Voice of Apollo
Conductor: Richard Hickox
21-24 July 2004




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