OP3030. THE RAKE'S PROGRESS (Stravinsky), recorded 1997, w.Gardiner Cond. Monteverdi Choir & London S.O.; Ian Bostridge, Bryn Terfel, Deborah York, Anne Sofie von Otter, Anne Howells, etc. (E.U.) 2-DG 459 648, recorded 1997, w.Elaborate 56pp. Libretto-Brochure. Final, ever-so-slightly used copy.
“Ian Bostridge and Bryn Terfel head the cast of a bewitching RAKE'S PROGRESS conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. By far the longest work by one of the century's great geniuses, Igor Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS grows more rewarding with each Verdi, Mozart or Handel opera a listener comes to love. John Eliot Gardiner approaches the opera as a logical continuation of his work in earlier music, and the result is bewitching.”
- William R. Braun, OPERA NEWS, 1 Nov., 1999
“There has never been a downright bad recording of THE RAKE’S PROGRESS (though Esa-Pekka Salonen’s NVC video of it, 2/99, is senselessly cut), but every one of them so far has had one or more flaws of casting, so it was well worth Gardiner’s and DG’s while to bring out a new version. In all but one respect it easily withstands comparison with its five rivals, and in several it surpasses them; if you find Terfel’s Nick Shadow less worrying than I do, it can be set alongside Stravinsky’s own 1964 recording as the finest available. Gardiner is conscious throughout that this is a chamber opera, and the orchestral textures are outstandingly clean and transparent, the rhythmic pointing crisp but airy.”
- GRAMOPHONE, Sept., 1999
"Gardiner's work, as founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir (MC), English Baroque Soloists (EBS) and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), has marked him out as a key figure both in the early music revival and as a pioneer of historically informed performances.
As a regular guest of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gardiner conducts repertoire from the 17th to the 20th centuries. He was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize in January 2016.
The extent of Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated in the extensive catalogue of award-winning recordings with his own ensembles and leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic on major labels (including Decca, Philips, Erato and 30 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon), as wide-ranging as Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Elgar and Kurt Weill, in addition to works by Renaissance and Baroque composers. His many recording accolades include two GRAMMY awards and he has received more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist.
Gardiner has also conducted opera productions; at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the Vienna State Opera and at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. From 1983 to 1988 he was artistic director of Opéra de Lyon, where he founded its new orchestra."
- Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra