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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress



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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 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.
Facts
Item number DAT90003
Barcode 8011570900036
Release date 8/4/2017
Category Opera
Label DATUM - STRADIVARIUS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Choir Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Classical Artist Conley, Eugene
Güden, Hilde
Harrell, Mack
Thebom, Blanche
Scott, Norman
Lipton, Martha
Conductor Reiner, Fritz
Orchestra Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Disc: 1
The Rake's Progress02:08:09
1 The Rake's Progress, Act I: Prelude 00:00:34 Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
2 The Rake's Progress, Act I: The Woods Are Green... 00:04:43 Güden, Hilde Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene Scott, Norman
3 The Rake's Progress, Act I: The Old Fool! 00:02:55 Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
4 The Rake's Progress, Act I: I Wish I Had Money 00:07:03 Güden, Hilde Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene Scott, Norman
5 The Rake's Progress, Act I: I'll Call the Coachman 00:05:01 Güden, Hilde Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene Scott, Norman
6 The Rake's Progress, Act I: With Air Commanding... 00:02:38 Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
7 The Rake's Progress, Act I: Come, Tom... 00:05:17 Lipton, Martha Harrell, Mack Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
8 The Rake's Progress, Act I: Love, Too Frequently B 00:03:52 Lipton, Martha Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
9 The Rake's Progress, Act I: The Sun Is Bright 00:02:29 Harrell, Mack Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
10 The Rake's Progress, Act I: No Word From Tom 00:08:17 Güden, Hilde Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Scott, Norman
11 The Rake's Progress, Act II: Vary the Song... 00:07:45 Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
12 The Rake's Progress, Act II: I Wish I Were Happy 00:07:22 Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
13 The Rake's Progress, Act II: How Strange! 00:05:06 Güden, Hilde Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
14 The Rake's Progress, Act II: Anne! Here! 00:02:20 Güden, Hilde Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
15 The Rake's Progress, Act II: My Love, Am I to Rema 00:06:16 Güden, Hilde Thebom, Blanche Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
Disc: 2
The Rake's Progress02:08:09
1 The Rake's Progress, Act II: As I Was Saying... 00:04:02 Thebom, Blanche Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
2 The Rake's Progress, Act II: My Heart Is Cold... 00:07:48 Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
3 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Ruin, Disaster, Sham 00:02:43 Güden, Hilde Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
4 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Aha!... 00:05:38 Franke, Paul Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
5 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Sold! Annoyed! 00:08:47 Güden, Hilde Franke, Paul Thebom, Blanche Harrell, Mack Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
6 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Prelude 00:02:11 Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
7 The Rake's Progress, Act III: How Dark, How Dark a 00:04:09 Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
8 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Very Well Then... 00:08:07 Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
9 The Rake's Progress, Act III: I Burn, I Burn! I Fr 00:03:45 Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
10 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Prepare Yourselves, 00:03:36 Harrell, Mack Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
11 The Rake's Progress, Act III: There He Is. Have No 00:05:49 Güden, Hilde Davidson, Lawrence Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
12 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Gently, Little Boat 00:05:42 Güden, Hilde Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Scott, Norman
13 The Rake's Progress, Act III: Where Art Thou, Venu 00:04:43 Metropolitan Opera Chorus Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene
14 The Rake's Progress: Epilogue. Good People, Just a 00:02:35 Güden, Hilde Thebom, Blanche Harrell, Mack Reiner, Fritz Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Conley, Eugene Scott, Norman
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