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Stravinsky: The Rakes Progress (Opus Arte: OABD7094D) [Blu-ray] [2012] [2010]

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


This is a production full of colour and light,and brimming with wit. First-rate cast. An absolute triumph. Performance ***** Picture and Sound ****(***** Blu-ray) BBC MUSIC DVD CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'11

Students of art history have almost as much reason to thank Glyndebourne for this DVD as opera lovers. A video recording of this production already exists from when it was new in 1975 but David Hockney's designs have never looked as good as they do here, captured with razor-sharp quality. This has always been Hockney's Rake s progress as much as anybody else's. The combination of Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra ensures crisp ensemble of the highest quality, and also more warmth from the pit than might have been expected. --Gramophone,Mar'12

Vladimir Jurowski's sure sense of the idiom allows him to turn in a dextrous performance with plenty of spring, one that neatly skirts the stiffness common to so many of Stravinsky's neo-classical scores. This... deserve(s) the highest recommendation. --IRR,feb'12
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