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BBC Symphony Orchestra - Bartok, Ravel, Schnelzer

Martin Handley presents the BBC Symphony Orchestra live from the Barbican. Including Bartok's operatic masterpiece Duke Bluebeard's Castle and works by Ravel and Albert Schnelzer.

Live from the Barbican

Presented by Martin Handley

Bartok's operatic masterpiece Duke Bluebeard's Castle plus works by Ravel and Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer. Kirill Karabits conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Schnelzer: Tales from Suburbia (world premiere)
Ravel: Ma Mere L'oye (Mother Goose - suite)

c. 8.15pm: Interval ***

Bartok: Duke Bluebeard's Castle

The light and the shadowy side of fairy tales: Ravel's Mother Goose ballet suite conjures up enchanted stories with happy-ever-after endings, while, in Duke Bluebeard's Castle, Bartók mines the darkest reaches of psychology in his enthralling operatic masterpiece. American mezzo Michelle DeYoung plays the innocent Judith, inexorably and willingly led towards entombment.

Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer made a big impact at the 2010 Proms with his A Freak at Burbank, which re-imagined Haydn in an American suburb. His new concert-opener -Tales from Suburbia - promises to make a splash: 'an exceptional flair for orchestral virtuosity ... - an important new composer, no question'. The Guardian.

Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano - Judith)
Gabor Bretz (baritone - Duke Bluebeard)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Kirill Karabits (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Schnelzer

    Tales from Suburbia

  • Maurice Ravel

    Mother Goose Suite

  • Robert Schumann

    Marchenbilder, Op. 113

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Performer: Lars Anders Tomter.
  • Béla Bartók

    'Wedding' from Three Village Scenes, Sz. 79

    Ensemble: Budapesti Kamaraegyüttes. Choir: Gyor Girls choir. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • Béla Bartók

    Duke Bluebeard's Castle


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra


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