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A journey into the soul,
This review is from: Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle (Audio CD)
A beautifully shaded performance by Tomlinson and Burgess, extracting the utmost from the text. Throughout, Tomlinson plays Bluebeard with subtlety: the menace in the query 'Frightened?' when the first doors are opened is conveyed in tones of sorrow and reluctance. Burgess tackles her difficult role brilliantly, catching both the petulance when Bluebeard refuses to give her the keys, and her love for Bluebeard, this man she is attempting to understand. The highest praise also for Farnes, who brings out the bittersweet and very Hungarian qualities of Bartok's score.
As for the choice of English: there are admitted problems in translating a text that has to be expressed in Hungarian speech rhythms to fit the music. There are occasionally rather clumsy word patterns, but this is a small price to pay for a truly great performance in the tradition set by Solti on disc many years ago.