Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

by John Eliot Gardiner


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Release Date: 08/10/1999
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028945964829
catalogNumber: 459648
Rank: 65164


  1. The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts

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Even for the most devoted Stravinsky fans his chief opera THE RAKE'S PROGRESS is too infrequently performed to satisfy the need for familiarity. Happily there are now recorded performances, both on CD and DVD, that assure that this glimmering little masterpiece will remain a staple of the opera repertoire. Having just absorbed a thoroughly engaging (if visually bizarre) production with the San Francisco Opera under the gifted baton of Donald Runnicles, the appetite is whetted enough to listen to the magic at home. And this recording is a strong one as conducted by John Eliot Gardner with the London Symphony Orchestra. One of the reasons this recording maintains its high standing among aficionados is the diction by the entire cast: WH Auden's libretto is clearly one of the true treasures in the operatic literature and the singers here allow us to understand even those passages where lines overlap. Ian Bostridge carries his sensitively nuanced approach to lieder to the role of Tom Rakewell and his tone is rich and full and his approach makes a credible Rakewell. Bryn Terfel is probably the finest Nick Shadow on the stage today, delivering his wily role with superb singing and flawless diction. Deborah York's very clean and crisp vocal technique is well suited to the constancy of Anne Truelove. The rest of the cast is equally well equipped for their strange roles, but in the end the kudos go to Gardiner and his fine crafting of the both the orchestra and chorus, coaxing an ebullient neoclassical sound from the colorful Stravinsky score. It is a pleasure from beginning to end. Grady Harp