Great Performances: Season 21, Episode 15

Oedipus Rex (26 May 1993)

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Philip Langridge ...
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Oedipus Dancer
Bryn Terfel ...
Harry Peeters ...
Robert Swensen ...
Shepherd
Michio Tatara ...
Messenger
Kayoko Shiraishi ...
The Speaker
Katerina Bakatsaki ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Michael Curry ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Toyosaburo Hanayagi ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Hisako Horikawa ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Asako Hotta ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Yayoe Inage ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
Hanako Kitazawa ...
Saito Kinen Festival Dancers
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What a fantastic performance. I admit I am not the biggest Stravinsky fan, though he is growing on me all the time, I do acknowledge his importance in music and would never question it, but Oedipus Rex is extraordinary and ranks as his best work with The Firebird not close behind. I cannot fault this performance at all really. The costumes and sets are stunning, and the staging is reserved yet artistic and maintains Oedipus Rex's emotional impact. The whole performance is beautifully photographed as well, never static or distracting. The music is riveting, and the powerful orchestral playing and Seji Ozawa's firm conducting are equally so. The performances I cannot fault either, Phillip Langridge plays Oedipus with his usual dramatic commitment and not always beautiful but still wonderful, Jessye Norman is a dramatically riveting and stately Jocaste, Kayoko Shiraishi's monologues in Japanese are delivered with such pathos and a young Bryn Terfel sings as virile as ever before. Overall, an amazing performance of Stravinsky's masterpiece. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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