Bartok Bluebeards Castle

Solti George

Bartok Bluebeards Castle
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Bartok Bluebeards Castle

Solti George

Catalogue # 0743254

Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48, Op. 11

Sylvia Sass & Kolos Kovats

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

Visually-stunning staging by Hungarian director Miklós Szinetár

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“Georg Solti’s Grammy-winning recording is more idiomatic than some much praised rivals both in his intense, atmospheric conducting (he was briefly Bartók’s pupil) and his native Hungarian singers. Here it provides the soundtrack to cinema director Miklós Szinetár’s vivid interpretation, capturing both author Balázs’s Pelléas-like mysticism and more contemporary psychodrama. Sylvia Sass is deeply impressive, vocally incisive but sensitive and smoulderingly dramatic.” BBC Music Magazine

Review

Whenever I hear the words ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ I get a shiver down my spine thinking of the wives, all gone and the secrets that lie in the dungeons. This part cinematic, part stage production from Miklos Szinetar and Sir George Solti is as unsettling as it must be. Bartok’s music tells the story impeccably his usual rhythmic style and fascinating harmonies. Kolos Kovats is particularly good as the mysterious and frightening Bluebeard.

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