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Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle / Kertész, Ludwig, Berry

Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466377   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Béla Bartók
Performer:  Walter BerryChrista Ludwig
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance needs little introduction. Widely regarded as the finest stereo version ever recorded of Bartók's moody, hypnotic single opera, it took a surprisingly long time to reach CD, but since has been reissued twice, first on Decca's "Classic Sound" and now on the "Legends" series. The two protagonists are superb, Christa Ludwig in particular. In the course of a stellar career, Ludwig's mezzo-soprano Fach offered her few opportunities to star in major operatic roles, so it's wonderful to hear a recording in which she's not upstaged by the soprano lead. Her high C at the opening of the fifth door indicates that she had nothing to fear from the competition. Ludwig's then husband, Walter Berry,
Read more offers an equally compelling, intelligent take on the enigmatic title character, and István Kertész's conducting is as idiomatic as one could wish. In short, this is a classic performance of a great work, one that in many ways has never been surpassed. It certainly belongs in the collection of every opera or Bartók enthusiast. [12/24/1999]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Bluebeard's Castle, Op. 11/Sz 48 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  Walter Berry (Bass), Christa Ludwig (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911/1918; Budapest, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 11/1965 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 59 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Hungarian 

Sound Samples

Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Opening Scene. "Megérkeztünk"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 1. "Jaj!" "Mit látsz? Mit látsz?" "Láncok, kések"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 2. "Mit látsz?" "Százkegyetlen szörnyü fegyver"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 3. "Oh, be sok kincs! Oh, be sok kincs!"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 4. "Oh! virágok! Oh! ilatoskert!"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 5. "Ah!" "Lásdez az én birodalmam"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 6. "Csendes fehér tavat látok"
Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11): Door 7. "Lásd a régi aszszonyokat"

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