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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Reiner, Metropolitan Opera

Release Date: 08/04/2017 
Label:  Datum   Catalog #: 90003  
Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Paul FrankeLawrence DavidsonBlanche ThebomMack Harrell,   ... 
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

That a simple visit to an exhibition of English art could have impelled Stravinsky to compose his last neoclassical masterpiece is really only slightly credible. It is true that the ultra-renowned series of engravings by William Hogarth effectively permits the conception of a 'plot' of a lyric work, but only Stravinsky's fervid fantasy could have allowed this to become a reality. But, as already stated, all this would not have been sufficient: in fact the composer himself had the firm intention of composing a lyric opera and (already from 1947 after having finished Orpheus) he had been seeking on ideal subject which would allow him to try hand in a new work, in the neoclassical style, which might be at one and the same time the apotheosis Read more and the definitive conclusion of one of his compositional styles. His Hollywood neighbor, the celebrated writer Aldous Huxley, seeing the Stravinskian enthusiasm for the eighteenth century engravings, suggested that he entrust the libretto of the book to a really special writer: Wystan Hugh Auden. The result speaks for itself. This release features a live recording of the opera which took place at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York on February 14, 1953. Read less

Works on This Recording

Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Paul Franke (Tenor), Lawrence Davidson (Baritone), Blanche Thebom (Mezzo Soprano),
Mack Harrell (Baritone), Norman Scott (Bass), Hilde Gueden (Soprano),
Eugene Conley (Tenor), Martha Lipton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948-1951; USA 

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