Bartok The Wooden Prince

04.21.08
Marin Alsop

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, cond Marin Alsop

Naxos 8.570534

Marin Alsop's six years as the principal conductor of the BSO end this May, and they have been an eminent success.  The orchestra is playing as well as ever, and Alsop has broadened its recorded repertoire with works by Adams, Bernstein, Glass, Takemitsu and Weill.  This muscular performance of Bartok's expressionistic ballet score The Wooden Prince (1917) follows fine recordings of Bluebeard's Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin, confirming Alsop as a hugely compelling advocate for this music.  She relishes the work's extravagances and her reading is impressive for its sense of architecture.  The BSO sound gratifyingly warm.