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Bartók – The Wooden Prince

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Catalogue numberBIS-2328 SACD
Release date2019-05-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate48000Hz
Total time73:07

The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin are – together with the earlier opera Bluebeard’s Castle – the only stage works by Béla Bartók. They stand apart from the more abstract and often more explicitly folk-related character of the music that we primarily associate with the composer. They are nevertheless major achievements that in different ways highlight Bartók’s imaginative use of the modern orchestra. Set in an enchanted forest, The Wooden Prince is based on a fairytale-like libretto featuring a prince and princess. The two are subjected to various trials, but at the end of the ballet they are allowed to come together and live – we assume – happily ever after. In stark contrast, The Miraculous Mandarin takes place in an urban brothel where three robbers force a girl to seduce men so that they can overpower and kill them. The subject-matter and the erotic qualities of much of the music caused a scandal at the première in 1926, and for a long time the score was primarily performed in the shorter concert version heard on the present disc, the first from the team of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki, the orchestra’s chief conductor since 2016.
 
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Extra material for download
 
 
  Composer: Bartók, Béla
  The Wooden Prince, Op. 13 54:01
01 Introduction 04:41 $ 0.70 USD
02 First Dance: Dance of the Princess in the Forest 02:20 $ 0.35 USD
03 The Prince falls in love 02:08 $ 0.32 USD
04 Towards the castle of the Princess - Second Dance: Dance of
the trees
04:51 $ 0.73 USD
05 The Prince continues on his way - Third Dance: Dance of the
Waves
04:00 $ 0.60 USD
06 The Prince has an idea 04:39 $ 0.70 USD
07 The Princess is curious - Fourth Dance: Dance of the
Princess with the Wooden Prince
07:55 $ 1.19 USD
08 The Prince despairs 05:50 $ 0.88 USD
09 The Prince is restored 03:45 $ 0.56 USD
10 Return of the Princess - Fifth Dance 03:03 $ 0.46 USD
11 Collapse of the Wooden Prince - Sixth Dance 01:40 $ 0.25 USD
12 Seventh Dance - The despair of the Princess 04:49 $ 0.72 USD
13 The Happy End 04:20 $ 0.65 USD
 
  Concert Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin Op. 19 18:56
14 Introduction – The three Tramps and the Girl 02:40 $ 0.40 USD
15 First decoy game: the old rake 03:41 $ 0.55 USD
16 Second decoy game: the young boy 03:09 $ 0.47 USD
17 Third decoy game: The Mandarin appears 02:25 $ 0.36 USD
18 The Girl begins to dance for the Mandarin 04:10 $ 0.63 USD
19 The Mandarin chases the Girl 02:51 $ 0.43 USD
 
  Album total 73:07
ComposerBartók, Béla
OrchestraHelsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
ConductorMälkki, Susanna

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