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  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0007KIFUU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 1: My mind beats on (Aschenbach) 5:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 1: Who's that? (Aschenbach) 4:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 1: I have always kept a close watch over my development (Aschenbach) 1:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 2: Hey there, hey there, you! (Youths) 6:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 2: Overture 2:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 3: Ah Serenissima! (Aschenbach) 5:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 3: Mysterious gondola (Aschenbach) 1:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 4: We are delighted to greet the Signore (Hotel Manager) 2:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 4: So I am led to Venice once again (Aschenbach) 3:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 4: The Lido is so charming, is it not? (Hotel Guests) 3:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 4: How does such beauty come about? (Aschenbach) 1:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 5: The wind is from the West (Aschenbach) 2:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 5: Le bele fragole (Strawberry Seller) 2:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 5: Ah, how peaceful to contemplate the sea (Aschenbach) 2:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 5: Adziu, Adziu! (Chorus) 3:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 5: As one who strives to create beauty (Aschenbach) 1:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 6: Aou'! Stagando, aou'! (Gondolier) 4:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 6: Naturally Signore, I understand (Hotel Manager) 3:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 6: There you are, Signore, just in time (Hotel Porter) 1:07£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 6: I am become like one of my early heroes (Aschenbach) 1:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 6: A thousand apologies to the Signore (Hotel Manager) 3:43£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: Beneath a dazzling sky the sea ? (Chorus of Hotel Guests) 1:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: No boy, but Phoebus of the golden hair (Chorus) 1:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: See where Hyacinthus plays (Chorus) 2:46£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: Phaedrus learned what beauty is (Chorus) 2:05£0.59  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: First, the race! (Chorus)0:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: Try your skill (Chorus)0:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: Young discobolus (Chorus)0:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: Up and over (Chorus) 1:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: Measure to fight (Chorus) 1:03£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act I Scene 7: The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me (Aschenbach) 4:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II: Orchestral Introduction 2:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II: So, it has come to this (Aschenbach) 2:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 8: Guardate, Signore (Hotel Barber) 2:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 9: Do I detect a scent? (Aschenbach) 4:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 9: And now I cannot let them out of sight (Aschenbach) 2:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 9: Kyrie eleison (Chorus) 6:09£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 9: Gustav von Aschenbach, what is this path you have taken? (Aschenbach) 1:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 10: This way for the players, Signori! (Hotel Porter) 2:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 10: La mia nonna always used to tell me (Leader of the Players) 2:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 10: Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso (Leader of the Players) 4:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 10: One moment, if you please (A Young English Clerk) - Scene 11 5:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 12: So it is true, true, more fearful than I thought (Aschenbach) 1:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 12: So - I didn't speak! (Aschenbach) 2:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 13: Receive the stranger god (Voice of Dionysus) 3:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 14: Do what you will with me! (Aschenbach) 2:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 15: Yes! a very wise decision, if I may say so (Hotel Barber) 2:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 16: Hurrah for the Piazza (Aschenbach) 4:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 16: Does beauty lead to wisdom, Phaedrus? (Aschenbach) 3:21£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 17: The wind still blows from the land (Hotel Manager) 4:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Death in Venice, Op. 88: Act II Scene 17: Ah, no! (Aschenbach) 5:08£0.59  Buy MP3 

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE on 7 Oct 2005
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This new recording of Death in Venice is not so much a rival as complementary to the original Decca discs that have had the field to themselves for nearly 30 years now. The virtues of each are different and both more than merit a place on the shelves.
The huge main role of von Aschenbach was, of course, originally written as Britten's last big gift to his lifetime lover and inspiration, Peter Pears. The part fits him like the proverbial glove: it feeds off and shows off all his strengths as a singer whether in recitative or arioso passages. There's that distinctive, slightly croony sound near the top of his range, his ability to sing through and round the passagio with no hint of a join, the variations of colour he can bring to the middle of his voice and so on. Britten understood them all intimately and exploited them as never before in this opera. And, in the Decca recording, Pears delivers the goods immaculately and movingly. Maybe that's why it's taken so long for a second recording to appear.
But Philip Langridge doesn't attempt to imitate Pears. The voice is different and he makes the character very different, very much his own. It's a bit like the contrast between Pears and Vickers in Grimes. This von Aschenbach is much more of a man of action, involved in the world and responsive to it. His fight with writer's block is a real one. One suspects his observations of the hotel guests may just titillate a little creativity back into action. His discovery that 'Eros is in the Word' comes as something of a shock to him, the realisation that 'I love you' even more so, and the nightmare battle between the Apollonian and the Dionysian sides of his nature is truly frightening - for him and for us.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan 2010
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First to make clear to the newcomer that the place to start with Britten's operas is the vast and elemental Peter Grimes. If however, you are at home with Grimes then this, Britten's final opera of 1973 is unlikely to disappoint. It is magnificently realised here by the late, lamented Richard Hickox, from whom I have yet to hear a recording of less than outstanding quality.

Though both works are recognisably Britten, Venice is not Grimes. In musical terms it is a rather more delicate construction, demonstrating the rich variety of exotic influences that Britten had accumulated from his travels since the earlier work. The novel soundworld that he created is very much there to serve and carry the voices of the soloists and chorus. The chorus is used with great subtlety and flexibility to represent various groupings and individuals from among the Venetian townsfolk. Echoes from earlier works are to be found here; the use of stroked and beaten drums to signify the pulling of oars by gondoliers was heard before in Curlew River. The ethereal, almost medieval chorus, supported by solo instruments, in alien registers is reminiscent of The War Requiem. The use of xylophone and glockenspiel in rhythms and scales akin to those of Balinese gamelans are much like those heard in The Prince of the Pagodas. Though I see that a musical suite was made from Venice, it could not possibly have the huge power and intensity of the Sea Interludes and Passacaglia that were extracted from Peter Grimes. This would rather have to be something informed by the other-worldly, Apollonian grace that forms one of the significant themes of this drama.
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By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2014
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This recording was made in 2004 with Brian Couzens in the producer’s chair, so we have the clear Chandos sound of old, resulting in a sound quality full of immediacy, with well-handled dynamics, and good use made of the sound-spectrum balance on stage.

What Britten’s ‘Death in Venice’ lacks in melody – the orchestral score is often driven by percussion – it gains in atmosphere from the very first notes. It is a masterful score with Britten arguably at the height of his powers. There are many riches in the sparse orchestration to discover by repeated listenings.

Philip Langridge as Aschenbach is very good indeed, his crisp but natural enunciation meaning reference to the printed libretto that comes with this two-disc presentation being rare. Alas, the same cannot be said of Alan Opie. For example, his ‘delectable scent, sir’ sounds like ‘delectable censer’. But both Langridge and Opie certainly invest much feeling into their respective performances, and this minor gripe about Opie does not really dent the awarding of what is a five-star interpretation under the baton of the late Richard Hickox.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hamel on 25 Sep 2011
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un opéra trop méconnu de Britten, en fait le dernier, ici interprété de manière idéale et qui mêle ou fait se succéder des styles très différents
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anne hyatt king on 23 Mar 2013
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We managed to lose this one (somewhere in the house!) but decided another one was worth it anyway. Not disappointed,
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