Bartók: The Wooden Prince / Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony

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In the years leading up to World War I, Bartók occupied himself with a series of works for the theater. He completed his first stage work Bluebeard’s Castle in 1911. The Wooden Prince (1914-16) is a fairytale ballet with an original story by Bartók’s literary acquaintance Béla Balázs, who wrote the libretto for Bluebeard’s Castle.

Set “once upon a time” in a forest whose trees rustle to life, the ballet runs continuously as a series of seven dances with connecting music and recurring musical themes. Though outwardly lighthearted in its subject matter, The Wooden Prince contains a mystical element that may explain Bartók’s attraction to the story. He crafted the work as a symmetrical, tripartite symphonic poem, with the final section recalling materials from the first part in reverse order.

Marin Alsop is the first conductor ever to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and was the first musician to win both Gramophone's "Artist of the Year" award and the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor's Award in the same season.


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8570534


  • UPC: 747313053476


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Béla Bartók


  • Conductor: Marin Alsop


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra



Works:


  1. Wooden Prince, Op. 13/Sz 60

    Composer: Béla Bartók

    Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Marin Alsop