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SIG 372

Bartok - Duke Bluebeard's Castle

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


Esa-Pekka Salonen


John Tomlinson

'Bluebeard'

Michelle DeYoung

'Judith'

Juliet Stevenson

Narrator

Philharmonia Voices



Venue:

Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria

8 November 2011

Producer:

Misha Donat



Engineer:

Jonathan Stokes



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Opera




Total Time - 66:38
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Duke Bluebeard's Castle

 
1 Prologue and Introduction 16:33
2 First Door: Bluebeard's Torture Chamber 4:29
3 Second Door: The Armoury 4:50
4 Third Door: The Treasure Room 2:41
5 Fourth Door: The Garden 5:22
6 Fifth Door: Bluebeard's Vast & Beautiful Kingdom 6:46
7 Sixth Door: The Lake of Tears 14:42
8 Seventh Door: Bluebeard's Wives 11:15
  TT 66:38      
   
 John Tomlinson 'Bluebeard'
 Michelle DeYoung 'Judith'
 Juliet Stevenson Narrator
 Esa-Pekka Salonen
   
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Bartok: Bluebeard’s Castle
Sir John Tomlinson, Michelle DeYoung, Juliet Stevenson (narrator), Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen

‘John Tomlinson and Michelle DeYoung were vocally so commanding as to render “choreography” entirely superfluous. Tomlinson’s cavernous voice seemed to embody the very interior world of his castle – its sadness, darkness, emptiness – his Hungarian so vivid and expressive in itself that it became another sonority in Bartók’s aural palette. He was quite extraordinary. Musically stunning...’

The Arts Desk

(review of the concert from which this recording was taken)



"...Sound-wise, the score’s vast dnamic curve is truthfully reproduced ... I would unhesitatingly recommend this recording for the sake of Michelle DeYoung, Salonen and the Philharmonia ..."

Rob Cowan - Gramophone magazine - July 2014


"...Salonen conducts a taut, luxuriant reading that captures the scores majesty and mystery... Michelle DeYoung’swondrfully alive Judith. The inclusion of the enigmatic introduction spoken in English by Juliet Stevenson, is an unxpected bonus." ***

Andrew Clark - The Financial Times - 24-25 May 2014


                       IRR Outstanding

"... stunning playing from every member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, clearly on top form that evening in Vienna, and just as clearly inspired by the perfect dramatic pacing of Esa-Pekka Salonen. There is barely a trace of audience noise, and no applause. It was no doubt held spellbound, as I was, by this outstanding performance of a remarkable masterpiece."

William Hedley - International Record Review - June 2014


                 Opera Choice

      Performance ****        Recording ****

"...Esa-Pekka Salonen, weilding the baton in this live performance ... drives the score with a terse sense of focus, radiating out from its firm skeleton. Thus orchestral matters stay on a fairly tight rein in emotional terms: that territory belongs to the singers. Micelle DeYoung is a sensuous and impassioned Judith; the instantly recognisable Sir John Tomlinson as her Bluebeard has such force of personality, though, that he can’t help but sominate the proceedings... this is a haunting and very moving account."

Jessica Duchen - BBC Music magazine - October 2014




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