Opera

Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle

LSO0685 SACD

Bartok Bluebeard's Castle

Bartok Bluebeard's Castle

Valery Gergiev conductor
Elena Zhidkova
mezzo-soprano
Sir Willard White
bass-baritone

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'Gergiev’s Bluebeard passes beyond shattering into a realm even more deeply disturbing’ Opera Magazine

Essential Work & Opera Choice of the Month
BBC Music Magazine

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Bartók’s only opera is an intense drama, involving only two characters and underpinned by a rich orchestral score. Bluebeard’s young bride persuades him to open seven doors in his castle to let the light in. Behind each door she finds increasingly disturbing sights, until the final door opens to reveal the castle’s secret and her fate.

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Reviews

Disc of the Month 'Gergiev’s Bluebeard passes beyond shattering into a realm even more deeply disturbing’ Opera Magazine

Opera Choice of the Month 'Gergiev an his superlative forces and vocal soloists, supported by magnificent sound quality, present the enigmatic piece with great power' BBC Music Magazine

'All the restless qualities of the underlying and shadowy string themes are sketched in an appropriately unsettling way. Vitally for this score, the woodwind figures add their eerie colours and decorative dissonance to great effect, the clarinet making a particularly telling contribution – wonderful playing... Orchestral textures are remarkably clear and Bartók’s highly individual percussive effects make their full impact. Gergiev is most considerate to his singers, even at the most grandiose and loud moments' Classicalsource.com

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La Clef ‘Elena Zhidkova possède des moyens immenses, à la mesure du rôle, tout en possédant la juvénilité nécessaire. Le vibrato est maîtrisé, les aigus triomphants, bref, une Judith idéale. A ses cotés, Sir Willard White est un habitué du rôle, dont il est, à l’heure actuelle, un des principaux défenseurs’ ResMusica (France)

 

Artists

Valery Gergiev conductor
Elena Zhidkova
 Soprano

Sir Willard White Bass
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineers

Recorded January 2009, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch
Text in Hungarian with English translation
Sung in Hungarian (spoken prologue in English)

Catalogue number - LSO0685
UPC - 822231168522

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