Wednesday, February 29, 2012
What sparked the Mahler revival?
Hull Truck Theatre, which "makes real theatre for real people", brought Dennis Kelly's DNA to the Wolsey Theatre Ipswich yesterday - production shot above. Three quarters of the good sized audience were school parties as the play is a GCSE English set text. Direction is by the National Theatre's Anthony Banks and the composer and sound designer is Alex Baranowski who works in theatre, TV and film. So a receptive young audience was exposed to quality contemporary music without entering an 'uncool' concert hall. Is incidental music for the theatre now an overlooked art form? Is contemporary classical music too obsessed with having the platform to itself? What part did Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice play in the Mahler revival?
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