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Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle (Opera in One Act)

 
 
Artist
Andrea Meláth, mezzo-soprano. Gustáv Belácek, bass. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Marin Alsop, conductor.
Label Naxos
Format CD
Runtime/Release Date 57'45/2007
UPC 730099692823
Daedalus Item Code 57757
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Description
Recorded in digital sound, this hypnotic opera pairs the lyrical voices of Andrea Meláth and Gustáv Belácek with the outstanding combination of Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to plumb the psychological depths of a macabre story. Béla Bartók based his 1911 work, in Hungarian, on the French literary tale "La Barbe bleue" ("Bluebeard") by Charles Perrault.

"Alsop's leadership is intensely dramatic … and the Bournemouth plays as if the fate of humanity hangs on the passion of the performance."—All Music Guide

"Imaginative moments are in generous supply…. Best of all is the faltering path to the seventh door: 'I have guessed your secret,' cries Judith, and Alsop charts the tortuous course of this terrible moment to perfection."—Gramophone

"Alsop has made a series of impressive recordings for Naxos, of which this is one of the finest yet, with gloriously rich sound, very well focused. The big climax when Judith opens the door on to Bluebeard's vast kingdom is thrilling … which Alsop sustains masterfully. Gustáv Belácek has a Slavonic-sounding bass, firmly controlled, very apt for the role and well matched by the Judith of Andrea Meláth. Three stars."—Penguin Guide

 
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Publisher: Medici Arts.   Format: CD. UPC: 827565027521.  Daedalus Item Code: 57629
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