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Friday Night at the Opera - 11/18/11 - Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress


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 psychiatric hospital south of London. The moral of the tale is: "For idle hearts and hands and minds the Devil finds a work to do."
 
This 1984 recording stars Phillip Langridge and Samuel Ramey. Riccardo Chailly conducts the London Sinfonietta.
 
 
Friday, November 18, 2011

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:06p
Igor Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress - London Sinfonietta; Riccardo Chailly, conductor; Label: Polygram Records FindBUY
10:00p
10:42p
Delibes: Lakmé Highlights ; Michel Plasson , conductor; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
11:00p
11:50p
Thomas: Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Act 2. Addio, Mignon ; Erede, conductor; Label: EMI Classics FindBUY
11:53p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:56p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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