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Saturday, February 4, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress, February 4, 2017

  

The Rake's Progress is an opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. The libretto, written by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman, is based loosely on the eight paintings and engravings A Rake's Progress (1733–1735) of William Hogarth, which Stravinsky had seen on May 2, 1947, in a Chicago exhibition.

The story concerns the decline and fall of one Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil. After several misadventures, all initiated by the devious Shadow, Tom ends up in Bedlam, a hospital for the 'insane' at that time situated in the City of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds work to do."

Erato 1996 recording

Kent Nagano - conductor

Staring Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Samuel Ramey and Grace Bumbry.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:11pm
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress BUY ; Kent Nagano, conductor
10:00pm
10:53pm
LEONCAVALLO : Pagliacci, opera: Prologue: 'Si può?' BUY from Leoncavallo: Pagliacci/Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; composed by LEONCAVALLO
11:00pm
11:23pm
Brodsky: Be My Love (from "The Toast of New Orleans") Lanza, Mario; Sinatra, Ray BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza; composed by Brodsky
RCA 88697074092
11:27pm
Mario Lanza: Drink, Drink, Drink (From "The Student Prince") BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:30pm
Mercer: Song of India Lanza, Mario BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza; composed by Mercer
RCA 88697074092
11:34pm
Mario Lanza: Mario Lanza - Arrivederci, Roma (featured in "The Seven Hills of Rome") BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza
RCA 88697074092
11:41pm
Maria Callas: Norma, Act 2: "Deh! non volerli vittime" (Chorus, Norma, Pollione, Oroveso) BUY from Maria Callas Remastered - Bellini: Norma (1960)
11:46pm
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana BUY La Scala; Mascagni, conductor

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