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Review of Il Sogno
Classic FM, 2004-12-01
Jeremy Nicholas

Classic FM magazine , Dec. 04

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Elvis Costello

Il Sogno

In 2000 the Italian dance company Aterballetto commissioned Elvis Costello to write a ballet based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The hour-long score, orchestrated by Costello himself with help from Tilson Thomas, is a fragmentary succession of 24 short scenes which, though atmospheric at times, quite fail to capture the play’s colour and nuances, let alone comedy. Listening to it is like reading a novel written by someone with an incomplete grasp of the English language.

Jeremy Nicholas
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The same magazine has a chart - means of compilation not stated - with Il Sogno as a new entry at 16.