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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

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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 

Sound Samples

The Rake's Progress / Act 1 / Prelude: Prelude
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "The woods are green"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "Anne, my dear" (Trulove)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "Here I stand" / "Since it is not by merit" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "Tom Rakewell?" (Nick)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "Fair lady, gracious gentlemen" / "I wished but once"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "I'll call the coachman, sir"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "Farewell for now" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "All is ready, sir" (Nick)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1: "Dear father Trulove" / "Laughter and light"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "With air commanding and weapon handy"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "Come, Tom"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "Soon dawn will glitter" (Whores)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "Sisters of Venus, Brothers of Mars" (Shadow)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "Love, too frequently betrayed"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "How sad a song" (Whores)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 2: "The sun is bright, the grass is green"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 3: "No word from Tom"
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 3: "Quietly, night" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 3: "My father! Can I desert him" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 3: "I go, I go to him" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "Vary the song, O London, change!"
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "Nature, green unnatural mother" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "Always the quarry" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "Master, are you alone?" (Nick)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "Come master, observe the host" (Nick)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "In youth the panting slave" (Nick)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 1: "My tale shall be told" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 2: Introduction
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 2: "How strange" / "O heart be stronger"(Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 2: "Anne! here!"
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 2: "My love, am I to remain in here for ever?"
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 2: "Could it then have been known" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 2: "I have not run away dear heart" (Baba)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 3: "As I was saying" / "Come, sweet, come" / Scorned! Abused!"
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 3: "My heart is cold, I cannot weep"
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 3: Pantomime - "Fa la la" (Nick)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 3: "O I wish it were true" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 3: "Thanks to this excellent device" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 2/Scene 3: "Forgive me, master" (Shadow)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 1: "Ruin, Disaster, Shame"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 1: "Ladies, both fair and gracious" (Sellem)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 1: "Who hears me, knows me" / "Seven - eleven" / "Behold it, Roman, moral" / "Fifteen - and a half" / "Wonderful" / "An unknown object draws us" / "Fifty - fifty-five"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 1: "Sold! Annoyed!" / "Now what was that!"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 1: "You love him" / "If boys had wings"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 1: "I go to him" / "Who cares a fig"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 2: Prelude
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 2: "How dark and dreadful is this place"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 2: "Very well, then, my dear and good Tom"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 2: "Well, then" - "My heart is wild with fear"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 2: "I burn! I burn! I freeze!"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 2: "With roses crowned" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "Prepare yourselves, heroic shades" / "Madmen's words are all untrue" / "Leave all love and hope behind"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "There he is. Have no fear"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "I have waited" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "In a foolish dream" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "I am exceedingly weary" (Tom)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "Gently, little boat"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "Anne, my dear, the tale is ended now" (Trulove)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "Every wearied body" (Anne)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "Where art thou Venus?"
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Scene 3: "Mourn for Adonis" (Chorus)
The Rake's Progress / Act 3/Epilogue: "Good people, just a moment"

Customer Reviews

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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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