Notes & Reviews:
In the album notes, Iván Fischer discusses Bluebeard's Castle. "Despite occasional successful stagings of this opera, it is concert performances that stir up the feelings of audiences most. Usually, after the opera has ended, discussions break out, dividing men and women. Whereas everybody seems to understand why Judith cannot resist her desire to open all the doors, Bluebeard's character remains controversial. Bartók, who was himself a closed, shy man, seems to have been fascinated by strange-looking characters who turn out to feel endless love."
BBC Music Magazine
Polgár makes a compassionate Bluebeard, imbuing the part with an appropriate sense of resignation and regret... Komlósi sings [Judith] with admirable insight. Fischer conducts with meticulous care for detail, and has even managed to procure a keyboard xylophone - the rare instrument Bartok specifies for the torture-chamber scene...while there may have been more spectacular versions of this great work, none is more thoroughly idiomatic than Fischer's.
International Record Review
Fischer is especially successful at drawing out the pained poignance of the score...The result is a performance dominated by sadness, one that draws out sympathy (for both characters) more than it horrifies us; and Fischer manages to keep the psychological intensity growing as we move from door to door.
Recording information: Italian Institute, Budapest (08/16/2002-08/19/2002).
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Works DetailsBéla Bartók (Composer) (1881 - 1945) : Duke Bluebeard's Castle (A kékszakkallú Herceg Vára), opera in one act, Sz. 48, BB 62 (Op. 11)
- Conductor: Ivan Fischer
- Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Notes: Italian Institute, Budapest (08/16/2002-08/19/2002)
- Running Time: 41 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1911