Starring Sir John Tomlinson, Michelle DeYoung and Juliet Stevenson

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'Esa-Pekka Salonen, wielding the baton in this live performance from the Koncerthaus, Vienna, in 2011, drives the score with a terse sense of focus, radiating out from its firm skeleton. Thus orchestral matters stay on a fairly tight rein in emotional terms; that territory belongs to the singers. Michelle DeYoung is a sensuous and impassioned Judith; the instantly recognisable Sir John Tomlinson as her bluebeard has such a force of personality...' Jessica Duchen



Duke Bluebeard's Castle

John Tomlinson, Michelle DeYoung, Juliet Stevenson; Philharmonia Voices; Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen

Signum Classics SIGCD372


Pick up a copy of the June issue of BBC Music Magazine to read a full review of this recording