HD-Vinyls 24/192 (Decca) Bela Bartok – Bluebeard’s Castle (in Hungarian) Ludwig, Berry, Kertesz

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Bartók’s lone opera has fared well on disc, and the Kertész is one of the best, even if it lacks the full bite and snap of singers emoting in their native language. Ludwig, a mezzo Judith, is convincing as a loving bride wishing to share her husband’s innermost secrets, and Berry is a patient Bluebeard, saddened by her inevitable consignment to oblivion behind the seventh door. They capture the private, intimate horrors at the core of the story. Kertész conducts brilliantly, drawing full, warm sounds from the LSO aided by Decca’s spectacular demonstration-quality engineering. Doráti (on Mercury, also with great sound but with native singers) may get closer to the spirit of Bartók’s sharp-edged score, but Kertész is in the same league.

# Composer: Bela Bartok
# Performers: Christa Ludwig, Walter Berry
# Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
# Vinyl (1965)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca

# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Size: 2.3 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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