Susanna Mälkki conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

Susanna Mälkki conducts “Bluebeard’s Castle”

Berliner Philharmoniker
Susanna Mälkki

Ildikó Komlósi, Johannes Martin Kränzle

  • Kaija Saariaho
    Vista (German première) – commissioned jointly by Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (concert performance)

  • Béla Bartók
    Bluebeard’s Castle, Sz 48 (concert performance)

    Ildikó Komlósi mezzo-soprano (Judith), Johannes Martin Kränzle baritone (Bluebeard)

It is “a masterpiece, a musical volcano that erupts for sixty minutes of tragic intensity and leaves us with only one desire: to hear it again.” That is how Zoltán Kodály described Béla Bartók’s only opera, Bluebeard’s Castle. Composed in 1911, the one-act work is a brilliantly orchestrated symbolic psychological drama that takes us deep into the emotional world of the fin de siècle. “What do you see?” Bluebeard asks his bride Judith, who wants to open the seven doors of the Duke’s past. Susanna Mälkki conducts this musical psychoanalysis, which makes listeners shudder.

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