Opera - Death in Venice

   
 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
  (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: 'AdziĆ¹, AdziĆ¹!' 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
26 Chorus: 'First, the race!' 0:51
27 Chorus: 'Try your skill' 0:49
28 Chorus: 'Young discobolus' 0:53
29 Chorus: 'Up and over' 1:08
30 Chorus: 'Measure to fight' 1:03
31 Aschenbach: 'The boy, Tadzio, shall inspire me' 4:09
  Act II  
32 [Orchestral introduction] 2:26
33 Aschenbach: 'So, it has come to this' 2:41
  Scene 8. The Hotel Barber's shop (i)  
34 Hotel Barber: 'Guardate, Signore' 2:32
  Scene 9. The pursuit  
  Aschenbach is crossing to Venice -  
35 Aschenbach: 'Do I detect a scent?' 4:56
  (Aschenbach begins to follow the family) -  
36 Aschenbach: 'And now I cannot let them out of sight' 2:31
37 Chorus: 'Kyrie eleison' 6:09
38 Aschenbach: 'Gustav von Aschenbach, what is this path you have taken?' 1:00
  Scene 10. The Strolling Players  
39 Hotel Porter: 'This way for the players, Signori!' 2:06
  (The Leader of the Players comes forward. . .) -  
40 Leader of the Players: 'La mia nonna always used to tell me' 2:14
41 Leader of the Players: 'Fiorir rose in mezo al giasso' 4:28
42 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 -  
43 Aschenbach: 'So it is true, true, more fearful than I thought' 1:44
44 Aschenbach: 'So - I didn't speak!' 2:57
  Scene 13. The dream  
45 Voice of Dionysus: 'Receive the stranger god' 3:42
  Scene 14. The empty beach  
  Aschenbach slowly moves to his chair on the beach. . . -  
46 Aschenbach: 'Do what you will with me!' 2:05
  Scene 15. The Hotel Barber's shop (ii)  
47 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 -  
48 Aschenbach: 'Hurrah for the Piazza' 4:35
49 Aschenbach: 'Does beauty lead to wisdom, Phaedrus?' 3:21
  Scene 17. The departure  
50 Hotel Manager: 'The wind still blows from the land' 4:08
  (The Hotel Manager watches Aschenbach go out to the deserted beach. . .) -  
51 Aschenbach: 'Ah, no!' 5:06
 Philip Langridge tenor - Gustav von Aschenbach
 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
 Michael Chance counter-tenor - The Voice of Apollo
 Richard Hickox
  21-24 July 2004