Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress / Act 1/Scene 1 - "Fair lady, gracious gentlemen" / "I wished but once" · Deborah York · Ian Bostridge · Bryn Terfel · Martin Robson · London Symphony Orchestra · John Eliot Gardiner
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress
℗ 1999 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
Released on: 1999-01-01
Producer, Recording Producer: Nicholas Parker Producer: Karsten Witt A & R: Isabella de Sabata Studio Personnel, Balance Engineer: Rainer Maillard Studio Personnel, Engineer: Jobst Eberhardt Studio Personnel, Engineer, Editor: Stephan Flock Composer: Igor Stravinsky Author: Wystan Hugh Auden Author: Chester Kallman
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NICK A lover's fancy and a lovely thought. Then call her. Indeed, let all who will, make their joy here of your glad tidings.
(Tom enters the house. Nick comes into the garden. Tom returns with Anne and Truelove)
Fair lady, gracious gentlemen, a servant begs your pardon for your time, but there is much to tell. Tom Rakewell had an uncle, one long parted from his native land. Him I served many years, served him in the many trades he served in turn, and all to his profit. Yes, profit was perpetually his. It was, indeed: his family, his friend, his hour of amusement, his life. But all his brilliant progeny of gold couldn't caress him when he lay dying. Sick for his home, sick for a memory of pleasure or of love, his thoughts were but of England. There, at least, he felt, his profit could be pleasure to an eager youth. For such, by counting years upon his fumbling fingers, he knew that you must be good, sir. Well, he is dead. And I am here with this commission: to tell Tom Rakewell that an unloved and forgotten uncle loved and remembered. You are a rich man.