A son is born to a young couple. The father, motivated by jealousy, takes the baby into the desert to be abandoned. The child is rescued, named Oedipus by King Polybus and Queen Merope of ...
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A son is born to a young couple. The father, motivated by jealousy, takes the baby into the desert to be abandoned. The child is rescued, named Oedipus by King Polybus and Queen Merope of Corinth and raised as their own son. When Oedipus learns of a prophecy foretelling that he will kill his father and marry his mother, he leaves Corinth believing that Polybus and Merope are his true parents.Written by
Ulf Kjell Gür
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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