Bartók had a lifetime devotion to folk music and hoped that his Hungarian Peasant Songs, based on authentic Hungarian melodies and orchestrated in 1933, would open up these pretty folk melodies to a wider audience.
Written in Budapest, Bartók's single opera is a bloodthirsty fairytale with strong psychological and erotic undertones. Featuring just two characters, it's arresting performed in concert.
Bluebeard brings his new wife Judith home to his castle. She asks him to let light into the gloomy hall by opening its seven doors and discovers a series of troubling mysteries, including a torture chamber and Bluebeard's treasure horde, dripping with gore. But what will happen when she opens the seventh door?
'A real treat. Fischer conducted it with infectious joy.'
(The Guardian on Budapest Festival Orchestra's The Magic Flute in 2016)
PerformersBudapest Festival Orchestra
RepertoireBartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz.100 for orchestra
£7 student tickets are available via the Student Pulse app in the month before this concert. Some of these seats are on the stage. Download the app from any app store or go to www.studentpulse.mobi.