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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Haitink, Lott, Goeke, Ramey

Stravinsky / Goeke / Lott / Ramey / Haitink
Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101093  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Rosalind EliasFelicity LottSamuel RameyLeo Goeke,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraGlyndebourne Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stage Production: John Cox / Designer: David Hockney
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Menu / Subtitle Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Region Code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 142 mins

First performed in 1951 at the theatre La Fenice, Venice, the opera The Rake's Progress was given its first British performance by Glyndebourne Opera. This recording is the famous and striking 1975 John Cox production which has been described as a "brilliant stroke" (The Daily Telegraph) and as "a virtuoso piece of production and design".

The designer on the production was the British painter David Hockney, one of today's leading artists. His highly
Read more individual sets, based on the Hogarth's series of prints, reflect perfectly the "spikiness" of the music, combined with the underlying tenderness of the theme of true love.

"Hockney's approach, even while stealing prime attention, is well suited to the icy artificiality and mannered wit of the Auden-Kallman libretto and the emotional pendulum of Stravinsky's music; and it makes an ideal background for John Cox's barbed, scrupulously characterized and timed production which revels in the absurdities of the action, chills the marrow in the Churchyard scene, but does not deny Anne her sweetness, old Trulove his staid benevolence, or indeed Nick Shadow his attractive qualities" -- The Times

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Works on This Recording

Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Felicity Lott (Soprano), Samuel Ramey (Bass),
Leo Goeke (Tenor), Richard Van Allan (Bass)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  Glyndebourne Festival 
Length: 142 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 

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