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NU 6928

BARTOK: Bluebeard's Castle

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio Master

Artists:

Marin Alsop


Gustav Belacek

bass

Andrea Melath

mezzo-soprano

Engineer:

Phil Rowlands



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 57:44
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A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB 62

 
1 Megerkeztunk (We have arrived) (Bluebeard, Judith) 3:59
 Gustav Belacek bass
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
2 Ez a Kekszekallu vara! (This is Bluebeard's castle!) (Judith, Bluebeard) 5:25
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
3 Nagy csukott ajtokat latok (I see large closed doors) (Judith, Bluebeard) 5:23
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
4 Jaj! (1. Ajto) (Oh! (Door 1)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 4:13
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
5 Mit latsz? (2. Ajto) (What do you see? (Door 2)) (Bluebeard, Judith) 4:23
 Gustav Belacek bass
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
6 O be sok kincs! (3. Ajto) (Oh, how much treasure! (Door 3)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 2:23
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
7 Oh! Viragok! (4. Ajto) (Oh, flowers! (Door 4)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 4:39
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
8 Nezd, hogy derul mar a varam (5. Ajto) (See how my castle brightens (Door 5)) (Bluebeard, Judith) 6:14
 Gustav Belacek bass
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
9 Csendes feher tavat latok (6. Ajto) (I see a silent white lake (Door 6)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 4:42
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
10 Az utolsot nem nyitom ki (I won't open the last one) (Bluebeard, Judith) 4:05
 Gustav Belacek bass
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
11 Tudom, tudom, Kekszakallu (I know, I know, Bluebeard) (Judith, Bluebeard) 3:32
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Gustav Belacek bass
12 Lasd a regi asszonyokat (7. Ajto) (Look at the women of the past (Door 7)) (Bluebeard, Judith) 8:46
 Gustav Belacek bass
 Andrea Melath mezzo-soprano
 Marin Alsop


A modern version of the old European folk-tale about the cruel, blue-bearded prince and his many disappearing wives, Bartók’s oper Bluebeard’s Castle is a metaphor for the impossibility of complete love between a man and a woman. A vast orchestra, one of Bartók’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 Blubeard’s domains. One of the most spine-tingling moments in twentieth-century opera, a violentlydissonant wave of sound transfomrs, 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’.
"This Naxos disc may or may not contain the greatest recording of Bartók’s "Bluebeard’s Castle" ever made, but while it’s playing, you’ll wholeheartedly believe that it is. Naturally, in a one-act opera featuring only two singers, the quality of the soloists is critical, and in bass Gustáv Belácek and soprano Andrea Meláth, this recording has two wonderfully lyrical singers who really grasp the psychological depths of Bluebeard and his wife Judith. But more important for the overall success of the performance is the quality of the conductor and orchestra, and in Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth, this recording has a conductor and orchestra at the very peak of their form. Alsop’s leadership is intensely dramatic, but never bombastic, and the Bournemouth plays as if the fate of humanity hangs on the passion of the performance. Recorded in all-enveloping sound at The Concert Hall in Poole in May 2007, the digital sound here rivals the best of the so-called major labels. Though many listeners will retain their attachment to the Kertész, Solti, or even the Boulez recordings, those who love Bartók’s operatic masterpiece will welcome this recording with open arms."
 
James Leonard - Allmusic.com - February 2008
 

 "Marin 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, a wonderfully weighty focus for the whole sequence of doors, a sequence 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, an imaginative choice of soloist. A fine bargain alternative [to the EMI version]."  ***

 
The Penguin Guide - January 2009
 

"...Whether you’re new to Bluebeard or you already have the Kertész and/or the Haitink this outwardly rather restrained performance burns with a slow, steady flame that is impossible to ignore. A fitting climax to Alsop’s tenure with the BSO and an absolute bargain to boot."
 
Dan Morgan - MusicWeb-International.com - January 2008

"Alsop finds a compelling way to open doors into Bartok’s grisly world.Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is in many ways the ideal opera for CD; stage action is less of the essence than a highly descriptive orchestral score, and the "plot" provides as much mental as visual stimulation. There are plenty of good Bluebeards on disc, and this new Naxos production is a welcome addition to the ranks. Imaginative moments are in generous supply. For example, Judith’s blasé, low-key response to Bluebeard’s pride as he throws open the Castle’s fifth door, her implied rolling eyes at his "spacious country", a passage thrillingly prepared by Marin Alsop and the orchestra. There’s the feverish orchestral build-up approaching the sixth door, the lake of tears, and at 1’21" into tr 10 the moment when Judith asks Bluebeard to tell her who he had loved before her - less "asks" in this context than dares to enquire in the thrall of a terrible fear. Andrea Meláth sounds stunned, even terror-stricken, and Alsop draws a sickly-grey backdrop from her Bournemouth players. 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. In context it proves the drama’s high-point, more overwhelming in fact than the internment which isn’t quite as effective as on some rivals.Less impressive is Meláth’s response to the "mountains of gold" beyond the third door, where Christa Ludwig (for Kertesz) conjures such a vivid sense of wonder. The voices here are good but uneven, Meláth often impressive in the higher registers but lacking in colour (and tonal quality) at mid-range and with a tendency to excessive vibrato. Gustáv Belácek’s Bluebeard is theatrically characterful but vocally grey, though I liked his animated singing of the opening sequence. Alsop has the measure of the score, much as she had of The Miraculous Mandarin on a previous Naxos release (6/05). Certainly this Bluebeard is more than good enough to introduce a great and compelling work but if pressured to choose while ignoring of the price-tag I would opt for John Tomlinson’s Bluebeard under Bernard Haitink."
 
Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - February 2008
 



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