Reviews: Donald Runnicles' "Death in Venice" (translation)

03.20.17
Donald Runnicles

"Donald Runnicles manages to ensheath the piece with the sound of his orchestra, as if that piece were set inside a cocoon that allows no more than a guessing glimpse of the world outside its sheath. Misty strings rise from the canals of Venice. The barcarole rhythms of the singers score, a stuttering train. And yet, at the very outset, there are also the rapidly repeated notes from the clarinet, trumpet and oboe, soft like the hushed signals on an ICU, matching Aschenbach's first line, "My mind beats on and no words come." Hi-tech medicine that is captured with great precision by the music."  


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"The Deutsche Oper Orchestra under Donald Runnicles is well versed in all things Britten and accompanies the often brittle score with great sensitivity and sublime expression. ... A successful night at Deutsche Oper Berlin." 

rbb, March 20, 2017 

"Donald Runnicles manages to perfectly merge both worlds (of European classical music and Balinese Gamelan sounds), carving out with the Deutsche Oper Orchestra every naturalist pounding; allowing erotic chaos to break free from the strict bedrock; always guiding their return to a transparent sound."

Berliner Morgenpost, March 21, 2017