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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Jurowski, Lehtipuu, Persson, Rose [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Rake's Progress
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In this celebrated Glyndebourne Festival production, David Hockney's designs for director John Cox reinterpret the Hogarth etchings that inspired the opera's libretto, written for Stravinsky by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. In 2010, this revival under Glyndebourne's Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, captured the opera's neo-classical spirit and its juxtaposition of whimsy, cynicism and compassion, prompting the Financial Times to call it, ''as enjoyable a performance of Stravinsky's opera as any that has come along".

"The measure of the success of the production is that it was first put on at Glyndebourne in 1975 and, as this 2010 performance at the festival shows, it is still delighting and wowing audiences thirty-five years later and will no doubt continue to be revived for many more years. There aren’t many productions that have that kind of staying power... Every scene however is an absolute delight, breathtaking in some places, with marvellous little touches that bring out the humour of the situations well. Vladimir Jurowski treats the opera very much as a Russian work, while being mindful of its English and international aspects. These are brought out fully in the casting and the singing, which is of fine quality throughout, with Miah Persson and Topi Lehtipuu demonstrating perfect English diction." -Opera Journal

Audiophile Audition
The performances in this production are terrific. All principals in this fairly small cast are great but special kudos go to the young Finnish tenor, Topi Lehtipuu, as a nearly idiomatic Tom Rakewell and to Matthew Rose as the slimy and convincing Nick Shadow. The forces of the London Philharmonic (downsized) and the Glyndebourne Chorus play wonderfully under the young Russian and LPO music director Vladimir Jurowski. Juroswki's conducting is captivating unto itself with an angularity but crisp clarity that befit this music perfectly.

the resounding success of this performance must have resulted from serious rehearsal time and artistic guidance. In terms of 20th century opera, Stravinsky's decision to go retro makes The Rake's Progress much more accessible than some of the modern fare to which operagoers are frequently exposed. The cast chemistry is outstanding and maestro Jurowski keeps a knowing finger on the musical pulse. David Hockney's sets and John Cox's direction have held up well despite their respective age.

Glyndebourne... is a brilliant success, a spectacular performance with stunning sets and lighting... it is a visual knock-out, with effective surround sound. This is a terrific recording in every way.

BBC Music Magazine
Full of colour and light, and brimming with wit, this is a production that lifts the performers...Lehtipuu conveys [Tom's] fresh-faced innocence, making his gradual demise all the more heart-breaking. Bass Matthew Rose is not the most chilling Nick Shadow, but is all the more believable as an apparently supportive, and likeable, friend to Tom, until the veil drops...[Persson] underpins [Anne's] heartfelt love with a steely determination...An absolute triumph.

Gramophone Magazine
It is hard to imagine a Tom Rakewell who looks the part better than the lanky, almost adolescent Topi Lehtipuu, his wide-eyed innocence an open invitation to corruption, and he sings the role with elegance. Miah Persson is almost his equal...The combination of Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra ensures crisp ensemble of the highest quality.

International Record Review
Star of the show - as she is so often - is Miah Persson, who turns out to be a radiant and steadfast Anne...[Lehtipuu] manages to give us a Tom whoe fundamentally endearing qualities shine through, even when he's at his most cocky...Matthew Rose's portrayal of Nick Shadow has been criticized in some quarters for its lack of venom, but I find that the mellifluous coating to his malevolence only adds to the effect.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 150 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish


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Works Details

>Stravinsky, Igor : Rake's Progress
  • Performers: Clive Bayley (Bass); Topi Lehtipuu (Tenor); Elena Manistina (Contralto); Miah Persson (Soprano); Matthew Rose (Bass)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Ensemble: Glyndebourne Chorus
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1948-1951