New Complete Recordings of Bartók’s Wooden Prince and Bluebeard’s Castle
May 27, 2007
The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop recorded two all-Bartók programmes. Central to the first sessions was a complete performance of the Hungarian composer’s romantic fairytale ballet The Wooden Prince, Op. 13, composed between 1914 and 1916 to a story by Béla Balázs. The programme also includes the composer’s Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12, from 1912. Sessions took place from May 10 to 11, 2007.
A week later Alsop and the BSO were joined by bass Gustáv Beláck and soprano Andrea Meláth to record Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, Op. 11. Bartók’s friend Balázs wrote the libretto for the dark and musically intense drama, composed in 1911, and twice revised before the 1918 première.
Both albums were recorded in surround sound, and were produced and engineered by Andrew Walton.