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

Andrea Meláth, Gustáv Beláček, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

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"... Alsop finds a compelling way to open doors into Bartók's grisly world ... a welcome addition to the ranks. Imaginative moments are in generous supply."
- Gramophone

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Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11, BB 62  
1
We have arrived (Bluebeard)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
3:59
2
This is Bluebeard's castle! (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
5:25
3
I see large closed doors (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
5:23
4
Jaj! Oh! (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
4:13
5
What do you see? (Bluebeard)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
4:23
6
Oh, how much treasure! (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
2:23
7
Oh, flowers! (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
4:39
8
See how my castle brightens (Bluebeard)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
6:14
9
I see a silent white lake (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
4:42
10
I won't open the last one (Bluebeard)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
4:05
11
I know, I know, Bluebeard (Judith)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
3:32
12
Look at the women of the past (Bluebeard)
Béla Bartók; Andrea Meláth; Gustáv Beláček; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop
8:46
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Total Playing Time    57:44
"... Alsop’s reading sounds more intimate and chamber-like than usual ... it has a compelling dramatic logic that holds your attention all the way through."
- MusicWeb International

A modern version of the old European folk tale about the cruel, blue-bearded prince and his many disappearing wives, Bartók'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 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. This is one of three acclaimed albums of Bartók's works recorded by Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
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