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listen  1. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Wir sind am ZieleDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Dies ist also Blaubarts FesteDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Große schweigende TürenDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Weh - was siehst Du?Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Was siehst - Tausend scharfe WaffenDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Sieh nur den SchatzDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Ach! BlumenprachtDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Ah! - Sieh, soweit die Blicke reichenDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Weißes stilles Wasser seh ichDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin11:19Album Only
listen10. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Schau, die früher'n Frauen allDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle, Sz. 48 (Op.11) - Früh am Morgen kam die ersteDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Hertha Töpper and Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bartók: Cantata Profana, BB.100, Sz.94 - The Nine Splendid Stags - "Wunder hört ihr sagen" Molto moderato - Allegro moltoFerenc Fricsay and RIAS Kammerchor and RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin and St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Bartók: Cantata Profana, BB.100, Sz.94 - The Nine Splendid Stags - "Lange harrt der Alte" AndanteDietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Ferenc Fricsay and Helmut Krebs and RIAS Kammerchor and RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin and St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin 8:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Bartók: Cantata Profana, BB.100, Sz.94 - The Nine Splendid Stags - "Wunder ward euch kund heut'" ModeratoFerenc Fricsay and Helmut Krebs and RIAS Kammerchor and RIAS Symphony Orchestra Berlin and St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Bela Bartok, Ferenc Fricsay, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Martha Topper
  • Audio CD (February 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000031WYH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Lipscomb on May 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ferenc Fricsay (pronounced, I am told, fair-entz free-shoy) was a superb Bartok conductor. I have long harbored a slight preference for his mono DG recordings of Concerto For Orchestra and the Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta over the more celebrated stereo RCA accounts by Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony (of course, I keep both!). So I was REALLY looking forward to hearing Fricsay's way with Bartok's operatic masterpiece "Bluebeard's Castle" and the composer's most significant choral work "Cantata Profana." And in terms of conducting, there is little here to disappoint: these are wonderfully impassioned, extremely detailed accounts in good 1957 stereo sound (Bluebeard) and decent 1951 mono (Cantata).

So, where are the problems? For me, this Bluebeard is just a little disappointing because: 1) there are some unfortunate cuts in the score and the spoken prologue is omitted, 2) it's sung in German instead of Hungarian, and 3) the vocal casting is less than ideal. Let me try to explain, point by point.

Bluebeard's Castle, in my view, ranks with Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande as one of the two great modern opera masterpieces of the early 20th Century. And, curiously, I feel that both actually work more satisfactorily through listening at home than in the opera house (I have seen both works staged, and somehow they fell short of what I imagined in my own mind). While Bluebeard owes a debt to Wagner, the Richard Strauss of "Elektra," and the vocal declamation of Mussorgsky, it is nevertheless a very original and unique work.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Khan Tengry on December 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Attention fellow listeners: these notable performances are all sung in German, not Hungarian as Bartók originally intended. Although the late and exceptionally talented maestro Fricsay was himself Hungarian and Bartók's music champion, those two works didn't enjoy any popularity outside his home country at the time he recorded them. Therefore, he was obviously trying to do his best in order to reach a larger audience in Germany back in the 50's and 60's.

The original LP, which contained only the opera, received continental Europe's most prestigious classical music prize and set new standards for subsequent recordings of this masterpiece. It is very well performed and recorded, with the closing pages achingly beautiful and poetic in Dieskau's voice, an also distinctive if less inspired Judith in Topper's voice, plus an extremely idiomatic orchestra under Fricsay. The recording's atmosphere, depth and body were well preserved in this immaculate remastering -- and rightly so. Needless to say, much the same goes for the splendid Cantata, if technically less impressive as a recording.

Now, to be fair, listening to Bartók's music in German is like listening to Wagner in Italian or Verdi in French: it really doesn't work. The Cantata suffers even more than the opera with this Teutonic treatment, the words not fitting the melodic lines, the diction alien to the music. Anyway, if you are a Dieskau fan, you just can't miss it, his wonderful voice was at its golden apex at the time.

Incidentally, I bought this CD from the German Amazon virtual store long ago when it wasn't available anywhere else, and still love it dearly.
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