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BARTOK, B.: Bluebeard's Castle [Opera] (Alsop)

Composer(s)Bartok, Bela
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660928
Label / Series Naxos / Opera Classics
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

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


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Work/Track Title Time
BARTOK, B.: Bluebeard's Castle [Opera] (Alsop) 57:44   
  A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB 62          
      Megerkeztunk (We have arrived) (Bluebeard, Judith) 3:59       
      Ez a Kekszekallu vara! (This is Bluebeard's castle!) (Judith, Bluebeard) 5:25       
      Nagy csukott ajtokat latok (I see large closed doors) (Judith, Bluebeard) 5:23       
      Jaj! (1. Ajto) (Oh! (Door 1)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 4:13       
      Mit latsz? (2. Ajto) (What do you see? (Door 2)) (Bluebeard, Judith) 4:23       
      O be sok kincs! (3. Ajto) (Oh, how much treasure! (Door 3)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 2:23       
      Oh! Viragok! (4. Ajto) (Oh, flowers! (Door 4)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 4:39       
      Nezd, hogy derul mar a varam (5. Ajto) (See how my castle brightens (Door 5)) (Bluebeard, Judith) 6:14       
      Csendes feher tavat latok (6. Ajto) (I see a silent white lake (Door 6)) (Judith, Bluebeard) 4:42       
      Az utolsot nem nyitom ki (I won't open the last one) (Bluebeard, Judith) 4:05       
      Tudom, tudom, Kekszakallu (I know, I know, Bluebeard) (Judith, Bluebeard) 3:32       
      Lasd a regi asszonyokat (7. Ajto) (Look at the women of the past (Door 7)) (Bluebeard, Judith) 8:46       
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