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Dukas: Ariane Et Barbe-bleue / Bertini, Schmiege, Taillon, Baudoin

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  1. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Ou sommes-nous? Ecoutez, on murmure (The Nurse, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Que faites-vous? (The Nurse, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Quelle clef ouvrira la premiere? (The Nurse) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Prenez-les! - Penchez-vous! (The Nurse, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Ce sont de beaux saphirs (Ariane, The Nurse) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Oh! celles-ci sont plus vertes que le printemps (The Nurse, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: O mes clairs diamants! Je ne vous cherchais pas (Ariane, The Nurse) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Ariane, que faite-vous? (The Nurse, Ariane, The Underground Chant) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act I: Vous aussi? (Blue-Beard, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Ecoutez! la porte se referme avec un bruit terrible (The Nurse, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Ah! Je vous ai trouvees! (Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Mais celle qui me regarde a travers ses cheveux (Ariane, Selysette) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Ou etes vous? … (Ariane, Selysette, Bellangere, Melisande, Ygraine) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Voila, celle-ci encore et encore celle-ci! … (Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act II: Je vois la mer! … (Selysette, Melisande, Ygraine, Bellangere, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Quelles bagues choisirai-je? (Selysette, Ariane, Bellangere) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Il revient! Il est la! (The Nurse, Ariane, Selysette, Melisande) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Voila les paysants qui sortent des fosses … (The Nurse, Selysette, Melisande, Ygraine, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Non! … Pas cela! … Ne le tuez pas! … Au secours! … (All the Women, The Nurse, The Crowd, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Madame? … Om peut entrer? … (An Old Peasant, Second Peasant, Third Peasant, Ariane) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Vous etiez a genoux! … (Ariane, Selysette, Melisande, Ygraine, The Nurse, Bellangere) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Dukas — Ariane et Barbe-bleue: Act III: Adieu (Ariane, Selysette, Melisande, Bellingere)

Album Summary

>Dukas, Paul : Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Many authors have portrayed this work in various forms - as fairy-tale, narrative, novel, drama, and opera. Among the best-known works are the fairy-tale by Ludwig Bechstein, Jacques Offenbach's operetta, the opera "Ariane et Barbe-Bleu" by Paul Dukas - as well as the most prominent work - the opera "Bluebeard's Castle" by Béla Bartók.

The view regarding Bluebeard and his last wife - who is the culprit? who is the victim? - has changed over the centuries since Perrault published his fairy-tale in Paris 1697. However, a similar analysis of the "battle of the sexes" was presented by Paul Dukas in 1907, ten years before the premiere of Béla Bartók's work, and first performed at the Opera-comique in Paris. Thereby the composer set a text by the Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck to music.

From the archives of Westdeutsche Rundfunk Köln this studio recording, produced in 1986, is presented here for the first time on CD.

Gramophone
a recording with modern sound that brings out the full glory of Dukas's luminous score. From the very first bar Gary Bertini reveals a mastery of the score that puts in the shade all but Bertrand de Billy, achieving a menacing quality and tension missing elsewhere, and surging to brilliant effect at key orchestral moments such as the opening of the various doors of Bluebeard's castle to reveal ever greater hordes of priceless jewels.

American Record Guide
Both conductors and orchestras truly exploit Dukas's superb orchestration. And praise also to the fine choruses. All the colors depicting the jewels behind Bluebeard's doors dazzle the ears. Who says such impressionist operas have to sound wimpy? If you have a spirit of adventure, do investigate these sets.

Fanfare
Capriccio takes top honors with Taillon... the Capriccio set has consistently come out on top in the rankings...

Gramophone Magazine
A splendid 1986 recording fromt he archives of Cologne Radio. From the very first bar Gary Bertini reveals mastery of the score that puts in the shade all but Bertrand de Billy...As for the main singers, Bertini has the most natural pairing in Marilyn Schmeige and Jocelyne Taillon - expressive, secure in intonation, well coupled and well contrasted...Altogether this newcomer seems to me a clear winner all round.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Köhn, Studio Stolberger Straáe (03/1986).



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Works Details

>Dukas, Paul : Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, opera
  • Conductor: Gary Bertini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1899-1907