SCHOENBERG: Gurre-Lieder – Gramophone Editor’s Choice

Arnold SCHOENBERG: Gurre-Lieder Alwyn Mellor, Anna Larsson, Stuart Skelton, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, James Creswell, Sir Thomas Allen, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Edward Gardner.

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Gurre-Lieder is a large cantata for five vocal soloists, narrator, chorus and large orchestra, composed by Arnold Schoenberg, on poems by the Danish novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen (translated from Danish to German by Robert Franz Arnold).

“The playing of the Bergen Philharmonic is rich, seductive and sensuous… a real willingness to explore the sheer gorgeousness of the score.” Gramophone Editor’s Choice, October 2016.

Marking the pinnacle of the Orchestra’s 250th anniversary celebrations.  Chandos 5172 2-SACD set @ £22*

The title means Songs of Gurre, referring to Gurre Castle in Denmark, scene of the medieval love-tragedy (related in Jacobsen’s poems) revolving around the Danish national legend of the love of the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag (Valdemar IV, 1320–1375, spelt Waldemar by Schoenberg) for his mistress Tove, and her subsequent murder by Valdemar’s jealous Queen Helvig (a legend which is historically more likely connected with his ancestor Valdemar I).

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