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Classic FM Drive with John Brunning 5pm - 7pm
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Great classical music inspired by books
Aschenbach is a great writer suffering writer's block who visits Venice and is liberated by the sight of a handsome youth. Because of agreements between Warner Brothers and the estate of Thomas Mann around the 1971 movie, Britten was advised not to see the film when it was released. His less sentimental, understated opera premiered in 1973. Pictured is Alan Oke as Aschenbach in a 2007 Bregenz festival production.