SIR SIMON RATTLE
NEW RECORDING OF THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
WITH LUCY CROWE, GERALD FINLEY, SOPHIA BURGOS
AND LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
TO BE RELEASED 4 SEPTEMBER
Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra announce new recording of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen, featuring Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley and Sophia Burgos. To be released 4 September and available to pre-order from tomorrow (7 August).
Melodious and charming, The Cunning Little Vixen is a work rooted in Czech history and folk music; a sentimental journey through the cycles of life. For Sir Simon Rattle, it’s a deeply personal and emotional work – ‘it’s the piece that made me want to become an opera conductor… and still one of the pieces that reduces me to tears more easily than any other’, says the LSO’s Music Director. Recorded with an outstanding cast during semi-staged performances, this is the second in an LSO Live series showcasing acclaimed collaborations between Rattle and the celebrated stage director Peter Sellars.
The opera is accompanied by Janáček’s Sinfonietta, an ode to the composer’s hometown of Brno in the now Czech Republic. Opening with towering fanfares, it’s a portrait composed for a national celebration of Slavic culture, with Janáček’s love of musical tradition evident in dancing strings and celebratory brass.