Notes & Reviews:
Bartók's Bluebeard is an immensely powerful musical construction. The work is one large sound arc; time and structure are measured by the successive openings of seven doors. There is virtually no stage action. This is a psychological drama, equally effective in concert or semi-staged performance. - This 2011 live recording features Esa-Pekka Salonen, one of the most important artists in contemporary classical music, leading the Philharmonia Orchestra and a notable cast of singers.
Financial Times, 23rd May 2014
Salonen conducts a taut, luxuriant reading that captures the score's majesty and mystery. John Tomlinson's Bluebeard makes up in histrionic heft what he has lost in vocal poise, but is overshadowed by Michelle DeYoung's wonderfully alive Judith.
Recording information: Konzerthaus, Vienna (11/08/2011).
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Works DetailsBéla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48
- Performers: Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo-Soprano); John Tomlinson (Bass)
- Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
- Ensemble: Philharmonia Voices
- Running Time: 65 min. 16 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1911