Recording Date: 1975
Place of recording: From the Glyndebourne Festival
Running Time: 142 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Specials: Stage Design: David Hockney
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“…this is the famous David Hockney Rake's Progress… with his designs based on the William Hogarth engravings which inspired Stravinsky in the first place. Cross-hatching and shading are transferred with incredible skill and wit to the sets and costumes, making a perfect visual complement to Stravinsky's neo-classical score. Bass-baritone Samuel Ramey is a strong Nick Shadow, both vocally and dramatically... Lott is as thrilling hitting the high C at the end of the first Act cabaletta as she is tender in 'Gently Little Boat, in the asylum scene. The real disappointment is Leo Goeke as Tom Rakewell - his voice isn't focused enough in pitch to give the clarity that Stravinsky's vocal writing demands, though dramatically he's on the ball.”
“Hockney both paid tribute to and affectionately parodied William Hogarth's seminal picture sequence and Cox got the painter's work onstage without the result feeling like an art exhibition. …searchingly sung portrayals from a young-looking Samuel Ramey (Shadow), Felicity Lott (Anne) and Leo Goeke (Tom). The Bedlam scene, in Hockney's tiered box set, is heartbreaking.”
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