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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress /Gardiner, Bostridge, Terfel

Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 459648   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Martin RobsonPeter BronderIan BostridgeAnne Sofie von Otter,   ... 
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc received the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording."
A short time after his arrival in America, Igor Stravinsky decided he wanted to write a full-length opera in English. Drawing his inspiration from 18th century English artist William Hogarth's etchings, Stravinsky began to search for a librettist. He met with noted English poet W.H. Auden and in one week's time the two had conceived of almost every detail of the opera's plot. The quicksilver wit of the libretto is brilliantly brought to life by Stravinsky's music which is, at times, both heart meltingly tender and bitterly acerbic. Stravinsky, one of the great neo-classicists, drew inspiration from the Da Ponte operas of Mozart and even went so far as to write Mozartean
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Tenor Ian Bostridge sings the title role of Tom Rakewell with clarity and precision. Deborah York's lovely pristine soprano is perfectly suited to the role of Anne Trulove and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is hilarious as Baba the Turk. Bryn Terfel's dark bass voice and wry wit all but steal the show as the devilish Nick Shadow. John Eliot Gardiner leads with energy and revels in the score's quirky rhythms. Read less

Works on This Recording

Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Martin Robson (Bass), Peter Bronder (Tenor), Ian Bostridge (Tenor),
Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Bass Baritone), Deborah York (Soprano),
Julian Clarkson (Bass), Anne Howells (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1951; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 133 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 

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 Stupendous November 20, 2012 By Alastair McKean (KENSINGTON, VIC) See All My Reviews "Fabulous singing, great conducting, terrific performance. Buy it." Report Abuse
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