Please note, Duke Bluebeard's Castle is a concert performance in Basingstoke, and is not semi-staged
Infernal Dance is supported by The Meyer Foundation
Please note that Measha Brueggergosman will be replaced by Michelle DeYoung.
The colourful Dance Suite, written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Budapest, was one of Bartók's most immediately successful works, with each movement representing a different country, united in the finale in a 'dance of the nations.' The thrilling and spectacular Piano Concerto no. 2 is arguably the summit of Bartók's piano writing. Its characteristic 'palindrome' structure has the central slow movement interrupted by a quicksilver scherzo and framed by dynamic outer movements.
Duke Bluebeard's Castle is one of the most gripping one-act operas of all. New bride Judith insists on opening all the doors in her husband's castle. Each chamber reveals more sinister secrets, leading to a final unexpected confrontation. Bartók's music, some of his most expressive and psychologically acute, builds the tension to the chilling conclusion.
Part of Infernal Dance: Inside the World of Béla Bartók.
More concerts in Basingstoke:
Jun 05 2013, 19:45 - The Anvil
Christoph von Dohnányi conducts Beethoven's Eroica in Basingstoke