London Philharmonic Orchestra / The Glyndebourne Chorus
The Cunning Little Vixen
DVD music | Opus Arte | 0809478071174 | OABD 7117 | 04-13
The tale of a quick-witted fox and her escape from confinement for a life in the forest that is by turns joyful and violent, The Cunning Little Vixen is an unsentimental parable of death and rebirth that lives through the instinctive and immediate world of nature, animal and human, which Janácek loved so much. Melly Still’s production for Glyndebourne finds the ‘delicate balance between whimsy and mysticism’ (Daily Telegraph) at the heart of the opera, which Vladimir Jurowski conducts ‘with lustrous style: you can hear the birds in the score, feel the sunshine and thrill to the starlit night sky in the final scene’ (Opera Today).
- Janáček’s lightest opera, containing some of his most enchanting music, featuring both human and animal characters. - “...a comic opera with a sad ending” (Janáček) - based on a newspaper cartoon strip, with strong folk-music influences.
- Magnificent sets, costumes and lighting designs.
- Extra feature: ‘Creating Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen’
Lucy Crowe’s glowingly sung Vixen ...Tom Pye’s Hockneyish designs are evocative of a world of childish wonder, with animal costumes which cleverly suggest human characteristic.’’ The Daily Telegraph