Quite a bit of the Paris scene was of course completed by Berg himself, so its failure to make an impression cannot fairly be laid entirely at Cerha's door. I agree, as my review made clear, that we need to hear the opera complete as Berg conceived it. It is interesting to note that Joseph Wechsberg, reviewing (in Opera) the production from which this new DVD release derives, took it upon himself to 'have a go' at Berg, describing the opera as "tread[ing] a thin borderline between the sublime and the ridiculous." I would say we have come quite a long way since those days!
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