Salonen Conducts 'Bluebeard's Castle'

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tune in at 9pm on Thursday as guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, currently the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence, leads the orchestra in a Austro-Hungarian-themed evening.

Ligeti's Concert Concert Românesc starts the program, followed by Hadyn's Symphony No. 7 (which was written for the Esterházy court). Bela Bartók's chilling one act opera, Bluebeard's Castle, featuring bass Gábor Bretz in the title role and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung as his ill-fated wife, Judith, closes the program.

Program Playlist:

Ligeti: Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto)
Haydn: Symphony No. 7, Le Midi
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle

Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Soloists: Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Gábor Bretz, bass
Richard Easton, narrator

Comments [2]

Les from Miami, Florida

This re-broadcast from 2011 shows the ingenuity of conductor Salonen of pairing Ligeti's "Concert Roma^nesc" with Barto'k's "Duke Bluebeard's Castle", but despite the reasons for their pairing, but the inclusion of the Haydn symphony sounded incongruous to me. The new words to the Prologue to the opera made perfect sense since most wouldn't understand Hungarian, but the choice to sing it in Hungarian also made perfect sense. The beat in Ms. DeYoung's voice became wary after a short time, but she and Mr. Bretz mirrored all the urgency, regret and despair vividly from start to finish. The Philharmonic sounded as if the opera were an old, familiar repertory item. The "gleam" of the treasure door...number three...the overpowering empire door with full organ...number five...and the wistful, soft and terrifying tears door...number six...and more...were articulated with precision and dynamic rightness. Kudos to one and all are in order; and thanks to the powers- that- be who scheduled this re-broadcast.

Mar. 14 2016 08:40 AM
Helene from Valley Stream, NY

We heard much of this extraordinary performance of Bluebeard on the radio tonight on our way home from Karita Mattila's recital at Alice Tully. Thank you for playing it!

Mar. 10 2016 11:06 PM

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