&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo

Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Naxos 8.660928
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Alsop brings out all the creeping horror of Bartók’s score in this superlative live performance. The singing is dramatic and committed, the balancing excellent. 5 Stars

Warwick Thompson, Classic FM Magazine (UK)

December 2007

Bartók demanded huge forces for his dark, satanic opera about the much-married toff of European folklore. He certainly gets them in this powerhouse performance from the Bournemouth Symphony and its versatile American conductor, Marin Alsop, ensuring maximum contrast between the quiet chamber passages and the colossal climax when Judith opens that fifth door. With fine soloists singing in Hungarian, this disc suggests a marriage between the Bournemouth and the feisty Alsop to put old Bluebeard to shame.

Anthony Holden, Observer (UK)

25th November 2007