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Bluebeard's Castle: London Philharmonic Orchestra (Solti) [DVD] [2008]


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  • Actors: Sylvia Sass, Kolos Kovats
  • Directors: Georg Solti, Miklos Szinetar
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Hungarian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011WMWWU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,496 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tracklist 1. Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle: Titles Stereo 2. Opening Scene. "Megérkeztünk" Stereo 3. Door 1. "Jaj!" "Mit látsz? Mit látsz?" "Láncok, kések" Stereo 4. Door 2. "Mit látsz?" "Százkegyetlen szörnyü fegyver" Stereo 5. Door 3. "Oh, be sok kincs! Oh, be sok kincs!" Stereo 6. Door 4. "Oh! virágok! Oh! ilatoskert!" Stereo 7. Door 5. "Ah!" "Lásdez az én birodalmam" Stereo 8. Door 6. "Csendes fehér tavat látok" Stereo 9. Door 7. "Lásd a régi aszszonyokat" Stereo

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Loge on 4 April 2008
This is a strangely beautiful, resonant and, I found, totally compelling film of Béla Bartók's astonishing early opera (his only one). On initial viewing it's almost overwhelming and the final images are an exquisite - and appalling - finale.

At the time of composition Bartók was still very much under the influence of Wagner and Richard Strauss and - like his librettist, Béla Balázs - French symbolism. For Bartók that meant, in particular, Debussy's tonal sophistication, directness and atmospherics, but he was also keen to incorporate genuine Magyar folk traditions and Transylvanian ballads as source material. This he concentrated into a potentially harrowing hour of music, broadly through dramatic grandeur and emotional progress for Judith and her journey, and a more static, controlled declamation for Bluebeard, bound together by repeating motifs. (The `blood' motif - an interval of a minor second - accompanies the opening of each door, and each door has, effectively, its own mini tone poem, revealing and explaining, in rich and detailed sonority the meaning of the contents behind the door.) And this is not 'difficult' Bartok - that comes later in his career - but rather High Late Romanticism with a Gothic twist.

But then the caveats come in. For this film to work you have to give yourself over to the strangeness, the other-worldly representational imagery it deploys. Given the sheer power; the genuinely visceral strength and emotional weight of Bartók's almost elemental score this can work, and work fabulously. But given how much detail, how much is made explicit in the music, there is a real question about how - if at all - this can be meaningfully staged.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Zaneres on 11 Dec 2011
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This is a fantastic opera in the true sense of the word. Bartoks music is as important as the libretto, setting the mood for each room. Let your ears linger on each note and phrase. Sass and Kovats seem custom made for the parts.
The studio staging evokes the story in a way that a stage performance would find difficult.
The picture and sound quality are brilliant. The booklet is glossy and pretty good with background notes, timings and an itemised synopsis.
There is little more to say other than Bartok fans will probably appreciate this even if opera is not their forte.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Oct 2013
This version of Bluebeard's Castle seems to have everything you could wish for; most obviously it is a film rather than a filmed stage work, in that the sets are too complicated to be created in a theatre. There is something labyrinthine about this castle, and you feel you could get lost in it. The spaces are beautifully poised between a naturalism of sorts and a dreamscape not so far removed from the fantasy sequence of the film The Red Shoes. There is a glinting magic, a macabre otherworldliness that perfectly matches the vagueness of the text, so that the salient points - blood appearing on the flowers in the garden, for instance, or the lake of tears like a mirage of silver - are there, but the whole thing is totally fantastical. It even allows the vision of the clouds to be sublime in its majesty, yet somehow caught in another dimension. The two singers could hardly be bettered: Sylvia Sass has the right beguiling femininity with her flowing hair and purple silk robes, creased and uneven in colour, while Kolos Kovats is equally seductive with his somewhat impassive, possibly tragic mien, and complicated headdress and brocade effect on his tunic. You can't help feeling the physical projection of the characters was influenced by Cocteau's La Belle et la bete, also set in an enchanted castle. There are no simple textures anywhere to be seen, so that the characters viewed against a wall becomes a fascinatingly intricate texture, and the doors have a baroque elaborateness. As for the music-making - the most important aspect of all - the two voices give a perfect focus to the material, and Solti's direction is superb. He was a Bartok conductor of great verve and tautness, as was shown in his magnificent Violin Concerto no. 2 with Kyung Wha Chung a few years before.Read more ›
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By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan 2013
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This does look and feel every inch the dated made for TV production that it is, but it is redeemed by the fantastic musical interpretation. I do admire the attempt to bring in the psychodrama element to screen, so there is an air of surreality to it, but also some dodgy lip-synching. I bought it as a video curiosity because I assumed the interpretation would be spot on given that it was conducted by Solti & I love the opera itself, but also wanted to have add to my opera dvd collection. I wasn't wrong about the interpretation, but I think I would prefer to find a newer production on DVD or BLURAY for repeated viewing, and for now stick to listening to the two sets I have on CD.
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