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BARTOK: Wooden Prince (The)


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BARTOK: Wooden Prince (The)

The Wooden Prince is a fairy tale ballet with an original story by Bartók’s literary acquaintance Béla Balázs, who had also written the libretto to Bluebeard’s Castle (available on Naxos 8.660928). Though outwardly sunny in its subject matter, The Wooden Prince has a mystical side that may explain Bartók’s attraction to the story. The ballet’s opening pages have often been compared to the opening of Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and the majestic heart of the score lies in the glorious music Bartók wrote to accompany the prince’s apotheosis.

Bartók, Béla
Balazs, Bela, lyricist(s)

  A fabol faragott kiralyfi (The Wooden Prince), BB 74
1.   Opening - 00:04:19
2.   First Dance: Dance of the Princess in the Forest - 00:02:46
3.   The Prince Meets the Fairy and Sees the Princess - 00:02:25
4.   Second Dance: Dance of the Trees - 00:05:07
5.   The Fairy Enchants the Stream - Third Dance: Dance of the Waves - 00:04:11
6.   The Prince Builds a Wooden Prince - 00:04:29
7.   The Princess Spies the Wooden Prince - 00:02:22
8.   Fourth Dance: Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Prince - 00:05:44
9.   The Prince is in Despair - The Fairy Comforts Him - 00:05:18
10.   Great Apotheosis - 00:03:26
11.   Fifth Dance: The Princess Prods and Encourages the Wooden Prince to Dance - 00:02:57
12.   Sixth Dance: With an Alluring Dance, the Princess Tries to Appeal to the Prince - 00:01:39
13.   Seventh Dance: Alarmed, the Princess Hurries After the Prince, but the Forest Keeps Her Back - 00:05:00
14.   The Prince and Princess Embrace - Long Kiss - Slow Curtain 00:03:56

Total Playing Time: 00:53:39

Bartók, Béla

Balazs, Bela

Alsop, Marin

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Label: Naxos

Genre: Ballet

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570534

Barcode: 0747313053476

Physical Release: 03/2008

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