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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress [Import]

Igor Stravinsky , Kent Nagano , Lyon Opera Chorus , Lyon Opera Orchestra , Jerry Hadley , et al. Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. The Rake's Progress: Prelude
2. The Rake's Progress: The Woods Are Green
3. The Rake's Progress: Anne, My Dear - Yes, Father
4. The Rake's Progress: Here I Stand
5. The Rake's Progress: Since It Is Not By Merit
6. The Rake's Progress: Tom Rakewell? - I...
7. The Rake's Progress: Fair Lady, Gracious Gentlemen
8. The Rake's Progress: I Wished But Once
9. The Rake's Progress: I'll Call The Coachman, Sir
10. The Rake's Progress: Farewell, Farewell
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Disc: 2
1. The Rake's Progress: As I Was Saying
2. The Rake's Progress: Come, Sweet, Come, Why So Glum?
3. The Rake's Progress: Scorned! Abused!
4. The Rake's Progress: My Heart Is Cold
5. The Rake's Progress: Fa Lala La Lala
6. The Rake's Progress: O I Wish It Were True
7. The Rake's Progress: Thanks To This Exellent Device
8. The Rake's Progress: Forgive Me, Master
9. The Rake's Progress: Ruin. Disaster. Shame
10. The Rake's Progress: Do You Know Where Tom Rakewell Is?
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This excellent recording gives Stravinsky's under-appreciated Rake's Progress a respectable, if unromantic, rebirth. Tom Rakewell's naïve idiocy is perfectly embodied by Jerry Hadley with crisp diction and arrogant bravado, but he doesn't capture Rakewell's remorse and tender side. Upshaw's Ann Truelove is the epitome of grace, commitment, and effortless singing in this most difficult of roles. Unfortunately, Bumbry's Baba, whose voice is impressively well-suited to the role, is loud and humourless, while the charmless Nick Shadow of Ramey shines during the dramatic moments. Stravinsky's magical woodwind writing is artfully captured by Nagano, who conducts with relentless forward motion, missing all opportunities for occasional romantic indulgence. --Barbara Eisner Bayer

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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay 13 July 2000
By slightlykooky - Published on Amazon.com
I saw a production of basically this cast at the Met (but with Levine conducting) and the singing is indeed TOP notch. If you do like Dawn Upshaw's voice (which I do), then by all means this is the recording of the Rake's to have. If you just want to hear Upshaw doing the "No Word from Tom/I go to him" cabaletta/aria then I would recommend her "knoxville CD" which has that combo w/ Zinman conducting. I would probably have a more favorable (higher starred) review of this particular recording if I had not purchased the new Gardiner one. If you are the 1st time customer wanting to listen to Neo-Classic Stravinsky at his best, then that is the one to go with: faster tempi, unbelievable diction, crisp strings, albeit no-Upshaw. Nagano gets a fantastic sound (as usual) but I would recommend the Gardiner.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great Rake! 11 Jan 2001
By Justin Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Kent Nagano leads the Lyon Opera Orchestra, Chorus and a cast of great soloists in one of the best Rake recordings ever.
Nagano does all he can to emphasize the delightful grotesqueness of Stravinsky's late neoclassic style. The famous Act II, Scene 2 Finale where Baba unveils herself before the crowd comes off so well, you'll want to jump for joy!
Dawn Upshaw gives a spotless performance end-to-end; her voice lends the appropriate innocence to Ann Trulove's character. Hadley's experience in music theater (cf. Bernstein's Candide) is evident in his fumbling, bumbling, somewhat bombastic Tom Rakewell... One surmises his intonation is not perfect, but probably shouldn't be for the part anyhow.
Samuel Ramey can make you laugh and scare the daylights out of you with his deep, brooding Nick Shadow (the best rendering of this character ever, I think). Grace Bumbry is downright disgusting as Baba the Turk, playing up Baba's extravagent excess to a tee.
This is not a 'serious' Rake, but the Rake is not a serious opera... just a seriously good opera. The cast bring the heavy-handed moral and often silly themes to the fore in high theatrical style... as Stravinsky doubtless intended.
This is a great buy! - you won't be disappointed.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another hit-or-miss Rake 18 Sep 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
This makes about four stereo recordings of The Rake's Progress, along with the Gardiner, Chailly, and Craft, that fall down seriously compared to the classic Sixties version on Sony with the composer and a host of perfectly cast singers. In this case, the dud is Hadley, who sings with mannered earnestness and a total lack of Stravinsky style...he is into himself every moment. The Nick Shadow is good but nothing speical, and even Dawn Uppshaw, who should have been a spectacular Anne, sounds underpowered and somewhat tentative emoitonally. This is a hrd opera to get right, and the only one that does so far is the composer's and a DVD from Glyndebourne under Haitink, with marvelous sets and costumes by David Hockney.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better recordings of Stravinsky's great opera. 7 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although Bumbry, Hadley and Ramey are perfectly suited for their roles -- and they sing them with extraordinary artistic phrasing, verve, and drama -- Upshaw's voice is blah. It's a vanilla voice in a world of chocolate and cognac. Boring and dull. However, this recording IS worth the time and money one might spend, just to listen to the rest of the cast and Nagano's conducting. Superlative!
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest 20th Century Musical Stage 21 Jun 2006
By B. Marold - Published on Amazon.com
'The Rakes's Progress' by Igor Stravinsky is a mid-length musical drama in English which, to my ears, doesn't really come up to the very best 20th century musical stage works such as Brecht and Weill's 'Die DreigroschenOper' and George Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess'. One can argue that Stravinsky is working in a different genre, but I really don't think so. I can listen to Weill and Gershwin's works over and over and not be bored, while this Stravinsky work does very little for me. And, I am often moved by Stravinsky's works, especially 'The Rites of Spring' and 'Les Noches'.

For Dawn Upshaw fans, this is not a major interest. Her role is fair and her performances are not up to her quality on her own recordings.

If you must have a complete set of Stravinsky, this is pretty good, but not his best.
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