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BARTOK, Bela: Bluebard's Castle (Andrea Melath/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ Gustav Belacek/ Marin Alsop) (Naxos: 8.660928)

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A modern version of the old European folk-tale about the cruel, blue-bearded prince and his many disappearing wives, Bart??k's opera 'Bluebeard's Castle' is a metaphor for the impossibility of complete love between a man and a woman. A vast orchestra, one of Bart??k's largest, supports the vocal lines, moving deftly from moments of chamber-music-like delicacy to massive thunderheads of sound that underline the characters' inner agony. No scene is more vividly portrayed, though, or more memorable, than the moment when Judith opens the fifth door to behold a vista looking out over all Bluebeard's domains. One of the most spine-tingling moments in twentieth-century opera, a violently dissonant wave of sound transforms, in an instant, to a massive C major chord in the full orchestra. This recording was made after the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's end-of-season concert, described by The Times as \a spectacular finale... A knockout dramatic punch; feverishly beautiful orchestral playing; two characters, the Duke and his new wife Judith, tactile and writhing, deeply felt... Alsop inspired the Bournemouth players to excel"."
Item number 8660928
Barcode 730099692823
Release date 29/10/2007
Category Opera / Operetta | Classical Music
Label Naxos Opera
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Andrea Melath
Gustav Belacek
Composers Bartok, Bela
Conductors Alsop, Marin
Orchestras Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB
1 Megerkeztunk (We have arrived) (Bluebeard, Judith)
2 Ez a Kekszekallu vara! (This is Bluebeard's castle
3 Nagy csukott ajtokat latok (I see large closed doo
4 Jaj! (1. Ajto) (Oh! (Door 1)) (Judith, Bluebeard)
5 Mit latsz? (2. Ajto) (What do you see? (Door 2)) (
6 O be sok kincs! (3. Ajto) (Oh, how much treasure!
7 Oh! Viragok! (4. Ajto) (Oh, flowers! (Door 4)) (Ju
8 Nezd, hogy derul mar a varam (5. Ajto) (See how my
9 Csendes feher tavat latok (6. Ajto) (I see a silen
10 Az utolsot nem nyitom ki (I won't open the last on
11 Tudom, tudom, Kekszakallu (I know, I know, Bluebea
12 Lasd a regi asszonyokat (7. Ajto) (Look at the wom
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