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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
Bluebeard’s Castle, in my view, ranks with Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande as one of the two great modern opera masterpieces of the early 20th Century. And, curiously, I feel that both actually work more satisfactorily through listening at home than in the opera house (I have seen both works staged, and somehow they fell short of what I imagined in my own mind). While Bluebeard owes a debt to Wagner, the Richard Strauss of “Elektra,” and the vocal declamation of Mussorgsky, it is nevertheless a very original and unique work. Bartok’s own idiom, based on a parlando-rubato tradition in Hungarian folk music, is filled with a fateful, almost ballad-like allegory about individual loneliness and the dark consequences of peering too insistently into another person’s soul. Bartok’s music, while impassioned, is also saturated with ambiguity and ambivalence. So interpreting it effectively is a pretty tricky business.
Analyzed folder: /192k Bartok – Bluebeard’s Castle – Istvan Kertesz
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR17 -0.65 dB -23.35 dB A1 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Opening Scene. ‘Megerkeztuenk’.wav
DR13 -2.14 dB -21.32 dB A2 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 1. ‘Jaj’ ‘Mit latsz. Mit latsz’ ‘Lancok, kesek’.wav
DR15 -1.52 dB -22.31 dB A3 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 2. ‘Mit latsz’ ‘Szazkegyetlen szoernyue fegyver’.wav
DR13 -4.01 dB -23.51 dB A4 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 3. ‘Oh, be sok kincs. Oh, be sok kincs’.wav
DR13 -3.15 dB -20.93 dB A5-B1 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 4. ‘Oh viragok. Oh ilatoskert’.wav
DR14 -1.45 dB -19.96 dB B2 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 5. ‘Ah’ ‘Lasdez az en birodalmam’.wav
DR15 -2.36 dB -23.08 dB B3 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 6. ‘Csendes feher tavat latok’.wav
DR13 -3.57 dB -23.36 dB B4 Bartok- Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) – Door 7. ‘Lasd a regi aszszonyokat’.wav
Number of files: 8
Official DR value: DR14
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