This recording was made after the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s end-of-season concert, described by The Times as “a spectacular finale… A knockout dramatic punch; feverishly beautiful orchestral playing; two characters, the Duke and his new wife Judith, tactile and writhing, deeply felt… Alsop inspired the Bournemouth players to excel”.
Nezd, hogy derul mar a varam (5. Ajto) (See how my castle brightens (Door 5)) (Bluebeard, Judith)
Csendes feher tavat latok (6. Ajto) (I see a silent white lake (Door 6)) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Az utolsot nem nyitom ki (I won't open the last one) (Bluebeard, Judith)
Tudom, tudom, Kekszakallu (I know, I know, Bluebeard) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Lasd a regi asszonyokat (7. Ajto) (Look at the women of the past (Door 7)) (Bluebeard, Judith)
“…this Bluebeard is more than good enough to introduce a great and compelling work but if pressured to choose while ignoring of the price-tag I would opt for John Tomlinson's Bluebeard under Bernard Haitink.”
“…the performance is greatly helped by fine playing from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Alsop's sweepingly dramatic view of the score. The vocal contributions, however, are less distinguished.”
“Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra prove worthy interpreters of Bartók’s psyco-drama. Alsop bathes the score in an impressionist glow, dark and glistening. She gives her excellent soloists… ample room to define the drama, while tightening the screws where appropriate, making for a suitably chilling climax.”
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