Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

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Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue



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12th May 2008




1 hour 55 minutes


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Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue

This a recording of a real opera rarity. A three act opera with music by Paul Dukas and a libretto by Maurice Maeterlinck. It was premiered in Paris in May 1907 and although it has rarely been performed over the years it is a work containing some Dukas’s most original and inspired work.

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Paul Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-bleue

Act I: A mort! A mort! - L'avezvous vue dans le carrosse? (Voices of the Crowd, Single Voices)

Act I: Ou sommes-nous? Ecoutez, on murmure (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act I: Que faites-vous? (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act I: Prenez-les! - Penchez-vous! (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act I: Ce sont de beaux saphirs (Ariane, The Nurse)

Act I: J'en recueille une poignee pour qu'elles caressent les saphirs (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act I: Oh! celles-ci sont plus vertes que le printemps (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act I: Celles-ci sont terribles, et je n'y touche point (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act I: O mes clairs diamants! Je ne vous cherchais pas (Ariane, The Nurse)

Act I: Ariane, que faite-vous? (The Nurse, Ariane, The Underground Chant)

Act I: Vous aussi? (Blue-Beard, Ariane)

Act I: Que voulez-vous? - il ne m'a fait aucun mal (Ariane)

Act II: Prelude

Act II: Ecoutez! la porte se referme avec un bruit terrible (The Nurse, Ariane)

Act II: Ah! Je vous ai trouvees! (Ariane)

Act II: Comment s'apelle celle qui revient? (Ariane, 3 Scared Voices, Selysette, Ygraine)

Act II: Mais celle qui me regarde a travers ses cheveux (Ariane, Selysette)

Act II: Ou etes vous? … (Ariane, Selysette, Bellangere, Melisande, Ygraine)

Act II: Voila, celle-ci encore et encore celle-ci! … (Ariane)

Act II: Je vois la mer! … (Selysette, Melisande, Ygraine, Bellangere, Ariane)

Act III: Prelude

Act III: Nous n'avons pu sortir du chateau enchante (Selysette, Melisande, Ariane, Ygraine)

Act III: Cela vient d'elle-meme et se cachait en elle (Ariane, Ygraine, Belangere)

Act III: Quelles bagues choisirai-je? (Selysette, Ariane, Bellangere)

Act III: Il revient! Il est la! (The Nurse, Ariane, Selysette, Melisande)

Act III: Voila les paysants qui sortent des fosses … (The Nurse, Selysette, Melisande, Ygraine, Ariane)

Act III: Non! … Pas cela! … Ne le tuez pas! … Au secours! … (All the Women, The Nurse, The Crowd, Ariane)

Act III: Madame? … Om peut entrer? … (An Old Peasant, Second Peasant, Third Peasant, Ariane)

Act III: Vous etiez a genoux! … (Ariane, Selysette, Melisande, Ygraine, The Nurse, Bellangere)

Act III: Adieu (Ariane, Selysette, Melisande, Bellingere)

The Guardian

16th May 2008


“The sumptuousness of the score doesn't quite come across in Bertrand de Billy's performance with the Vienna Radio Symphony. The voices lack allure, too - Deborah Polaski as Ariane seems under pressure at the climaxes, Jane Henschel as the Nurse is slightly underwhelming and Kwangchul Youn is an uncharismatic Bluebeard. Leon Botstein's performance, released last year on Teldec, is preferable.”

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