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BARTOK: Bluebeard's Castle


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Bartok's only opera, Bluebeard's Castle, is bitingly dramatic and keeps audiences enthralled from beginning to end. It is performed here with absolute authority by Opera North. This is the only available recording of the opera in English, and available at mid-price. Farnes and his cast deliver an impassioned, deeply resonant reading of Bartok's masterpiece revealing the protagonists' inner states in the brilliance of Bartok's orchestration which is full of both subtlety and power. Richard Farnes's performance was described by 'The Guardian' as 'heaving with an almost physical menace'. John Tomlinson is famous for his performances of Duke Bluebeard, having performed it in Hungarian many times. He is supported by the stunning Sally Burgess, as Judith Bluebeard's new wife. 'John Tomlinson's Bluebeard is superbly menacing and authoritative, his voice full of subtlety throughout its whole compass and with perfectly harnessed, effortless power...' wrote 'The Opera Critic'.

Chandos is delighted to add this major recording from Opera North to our acclaimed Opera in English series.
Facts
Item number CHAN 3133
Barcode 095115313329
Release date 04/01/2006
Category 20th Century
Label Chandos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Tomlinson, John
Burgess, Sally
Composers Bartok, Bela
Conductors Farnes, Richard
Orchestras Opera North Orchesrta
Disc: 1
Bluebeard's Castle (Sung in English)
1 Prologue: Bluebeard's castle, a myth, a legend (Mi
2 Opening: Will you enter? Look around you (Bluebear
3 Opening: Here I am in Bluebeard's castle (Judith)
4 Opening: Tell me why you came here, Judith (Bluebe
5 Opening: Ah! I can see 7 doorways (Judith)
6 First Door: The Torture Chamber: Oh, I heard your
7 First Door: The Torture Chamber: What's there? Wha
8 Second Door: The Armoury: What's there? (Bluebeard
9 Second Door: The Armoury: Trembling seizes all my
10 Third Door: The Treasury: Glittering gold! (Judith
11 Fourth Door: The Secret Garden: Oh! Lovely flowers
12 Fifth Door: Bluebeard's Kingdom: Ah! (Judith)
13 Fifth Door: Bluebeard's Kingdom: Look! Brightness
14 Sixth Door: Tears: Silent tranquil peaceful waters
15 Sixth Door: Tears: My last door will stay unopened
16 Sixth Door: Tears: Tell me truly, tell me Bluebear
17 Sixth Door: Tears: I know what's behind it Bluebea
18 Seventh Door: Bluebeard's Former Wives: Look upon
19 Seventh Door: Bluebeard's Former Wives: Daybreak -
20 Seventh Door: Bluebeard's Former Wives: Midnight -
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