Well, it depends what you want from a Rake whether this is the recording for you. Conducting, orchestra and some of the cast are superb. Sarah Walker's Baba is the best you'll find and Sam Ramey is in fine, though rather inexpressive voice as Shadow. Terfel is by far the more interesting interpreter but his voice either shouts or whispers with nothing in-between. His interpretation is unrealistic theatrically too and makes his difficult to bear repeated listening. I don't warm to Pope's rather lumpy Anne on this recording and she doesn't compare to Upshaw's glorious singing for Nagano but still better than the undernourished sound of York for Gardener. Langridge sings beautifully often, strains at other times (there is no rake who doesn't), is occassionally wonderfully theatrical at others remote. Not as beautiful as Bostridge but more dramatic. Hadley is best but not as accurate. On the whole I would say buy Nagano's recording first (even though marred by Bumbry's Baba) and take this second.