Monday 7 May 2012

I survived Einstein on the Beach

The first night of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's five hour not-opera Einstein on the Beach didn't go entirely to plan – numerous technical cock ups – but it was still a very impressive spectacle. Not necessarily one I'd repeat in a hurry, though:

At its best, Einstein is hypnotic, with rapidly spinning musical repetitions that induce a state of semi-delirium and which make us forget time. At its frequent worst – such as in the aptly named Trial scenes – it holds all the dramatic and musical appeal of someone clicking the end of a pen in your ear for a hundred minutes.”

Read my full review at Classical Source.

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