Siegfried Jerusalem


Siegfried Jerusalem

Siegfried Jerusalem (born Oberhausen, 17 April 1940) is a German operatic tenor. Closely identified with the heldentenor roles of Wagner, he has performed Siegfried, Siegmund, Lohengrin, Parsifal and Tristan to wide acclaim. Since the 1990s, he has focused on lied, particularly those by Strauss, Mahler and Schumann.

He studied piano, violin and bassoon at the Folkwangschule in Essen. In 1975 he was in the orchestra of a television production of Der Zigeunerbaror. The tenor Franco Bonisolli backed out of the production at the last minute, and Jerusalem stood in. From here on, he made singing his career.

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldemar), Sharon Sweet (Tove), Marjana Lipovšek (Wood Dove), Hartmut Welker (Peasant), Philip Langridge (Klaus the Jester) & Barbara Sukowa (Speaker)

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor Bratislava & Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

2013 marks the centenary of the first performance of Schoenberg’s – if not the early 20th century’s – essay in gargantuism. The forces involved were unprecedented: in addition to the soloists (soprano, mezzo-soprano, two tenors, bass and speaker) there were three male-voice choirs and an eight-part mixed choir; and the 150-piece orchestra included 25 woodwind, 11 percussion, 4 harps and 80 strings. In 1903 he had even been compelled to ask the Waldheim–Eberle Press to prepare him some special 48-stave manuscript paper. The reception at the first performance was overwhelming: the ovation lasted fifteen minutes; the composer’s denigrators were silenced, and many members of the audience wept. The title means 'Songs of Gurre', referring to Gurre Castle in Denmark, scene of the medieval love-tragedy revolving around the Danish national legend of the love of the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag (spelt Waldemar by Schoenberg) for his mistress Tove, and her subsequent murder by Valdemar's jealous Queen Helvig.

Its performances and recordings have attracted some of the world’s finest dramatic sopranos – among them Susan Dunn and Jessye Norman, and here, Sharon Sweet. In a survey of this work, Gramophone magazine selected this, Claudio Abbado’s recording as the finest ever made. It was, then, only available for digital download, and is now, after an absence of several years, returns to the CD catalogue in a year which also celebrates Abbado’s 80th birthday.

“… Abbado's interpretation, is the most Expressionistically detailed of all. The textures shimmer and then glint to reveal Schoenberg's' own sea-change in orchestral writing over a decade … Abbado and the Viennese live dangerously – and when day breaks and that prickly cactus Schoenberg finally blooms, they are unrivalled in splendour.” Peter Quantrill, Gramophone Magazine

“Everything about this recording impresses. Siegfried Jerusalem is on top form as Waldemar. He seems able to encompass all aspects of the role...This is a tremendous account of Gurrelieder, which I’m sure is one of the foremost versions in the catalogue” MusicWeb International, 6th September 2013

“Somewhat unusually, Abbado chooses a female speaker (Barbara Sukowa) for the one song that employs the half-sung, half-spoken technique known as Sprechstimme, but for me this makes perfect sense as it looks forward to the use of the same technique in the later work for female voice and small ensemble, Pierrot Lunaire. The enormous forces of the Vienna Philharmonic, and the combined choral might of the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, and Slowakischer Philharmonischer Chor Bratislava also help to make this a truly thrilling recording.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, August 2014

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Paër: Leonora

Paër: Leonora

Ursula Koszut (Leonora), Siegfried Jerusalem (Florestano), Edita Gruberová (Marcellina), Norbert Orth (Pizzarro), John van Kesteren (Fernando), Giorgio Tadeo (Rocco), Wolfgang Brendel (Giacchino)

Bayerisches Symphonieorchester, Peter Maag

Ferdinando Paer (1 July 1771 – 3 May 1839) was an Italian composer of Austrian descent known for his operas and oratorios. Using the same subject matter as Beethoven did for his Fidelio, his opera is called Leonora and received its world premiere recording under Peter Maag for Decca, with a star-studded cast that included Siegfried Jersualem and Edita Gruberová. Here, it receives its first release on CD. The score was discovered by Maag in Parma, Paer’s birthplace. Eloquence has been systematically releasing the recorded repertoire of Peter Maag, and this is an important step in that journey.

includes libretto

“Jerusalem is a noble Florestan and Gruberova outstanding as Marcellina.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“Maag directs a piece for which he has an obvious affection with a care for both its lyrical and histrionic possibilities” Gramophone Magazine

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The Essential Wagner

The Essential Wagner


Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Summ' und brumm', du gutes Rädchen 'Spinning Chorus' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an 'Senta's Ballad' (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Steuermann, laß die Wacht! (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Tannhäuser: Overture

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Begluckt darf nun dich 'Pilgrims' Chorus' (from Tannhauser)

Einsam in trüben Tagen (from Lohengrin)

Entweihte Götter (from Lohengrin)

Bridal Chorus 'Treulich geführt' (from Lohengrin)

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries

Siegmund heiß ich und Siegmund bin ich! (from Die Walküre)

Hoho! Hoho! Hohei! Schmiede, mein Hammer, ein hartes Schwert! (from Siegfried)

Götterdämmerung: Siegfried's Funeral March

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe (from Tristan und Isolde)

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3

The best-loved and most popular works by Richard Wagner, performed by the world’s leading artists, in an accessible format at budget price.

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Jeannine Altmeyer (Leonore), Siegfried Jerusalem (Florestan), Peter Meven (Rocco), Siegmund Nimsgern (Don Pizarro), Carola Nossek (Marzelline), Rudiger Wohlers (Jaquino), Theo Adam (Don Fernando), Klaus Konig (Erster Gefangener), Frank-Peter Spathe (Zweiter Gefangener)

Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Men's Choir Rundfunkchor Berlin & Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

CD includes a booklet with a three-language synopsis (English/French/German), full cast list and detailed track list.

“[Altmeyer's] exchanges with Jerusalem's stalwart Florestan are highly charged and the dialogue catches fire as never before...Siegmund Nimsgern's villain keeps temperatures boiling.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 ***

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Strauss, J, II: Der Zigeunerbaron

Strauss, J, II: Der Zigeunerbaron

Directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt

Siegfried Jerusalem, Ellen Shade, Ivan Rebroff, Janet Perry, Martha Mödl, Willi Brokmeier, Hans Kraemmer, Biserka Cvejic & Wolfgang Brendel

Südfunkchor Stuttgart & Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Kurt Eichhorn

Filmed and recorded in Hungary and Germany, Stuttgart, 1975

“…director Arthur Maria Rabenalt… makes the most of location shots of Hungarian landscapes to create a convincingly fast-moving and musically invigorating film out of material that on stage risks seeming slightly turgid.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

Summer Opera Sale

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Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs

Richard Strauss: Orchestral Songs

Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Des Dichters Abendgang, Op. 47 No. 2

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Ich trage meine Minne, Op. 32 No. 1

Liebeshymnus, Op. 32 No. 3

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24

Verfuehrung Op. 33 No. 1

Waldseligkeit, Op. 49 No. 1

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder


Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 9

original version

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Siegfried Jerusalem, Susan Dunn, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hermann Becht, Peter Haage, Hans Hotter

Städtischer Musikverein Düsseldorf

“Brigitte Fassbaender reigns supreme [as Waldtaube]...Susan Dunn is a vivdly drawn Tove...Best of all, there's finally a Waldemar who measures up to his part: Siegfried Jerusalem, who can sing the role as well as the notes.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2010

“This vast cantata, a direct descendant of Wagnerian music-drama, was for the turn-of-the- century musical scene the ultimate gorgeous sunset. Schoenberg's forces are, to put it mildly, extravagant. As well as the six soloists and two choruses, the orchestra sports such luxuries as four piccolos, ten horns and a percussion battery that includes iron chains; and so complex are some of the textures that, to achieve a satisfactory balance, a near miracle is required of conductor and recording engineers. Decca has never been mean with miracles where largescale forces are concerned and this set is no exception.
Chailly gives us a superbly theatrical presentation of the score. The casting of the soloists is near ideal. Susan Dunn's Tove has youth, freshness and purity on her side. So exquisitely does she float her lines that you readily sympathise with King Waldemar's rage at her demise. Siegfried Jerusalem has the occasional rough moment, but few previous Waldemars on disc have possessed his heroic ringing tones and range of expression. And Decca makes sure that its trump card, the inimitable Hans Hotter as the speaker in 'The wild hunt of the summer wind', is so tangibly projected that we miss not one vowel or consonant of his increasing animation and excitement at that final approaching sunrise.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Sigefried Jerusalem as Waldemar is not only warm and firm of tone, but imaginative too. Susan Dunn makes a sweet, touchingly vulnerable Tove, while Brigitte Fassbaender gives darkly baleful intensity to the message of the Wood-dove. Hans Hotter is a characterful speaker” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

Building a Library

First Choice - February 2005

Building a Library

Also Recommended - March 2017

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Jeannine Altmeyer (Leonore), Siegfried Jerusalem (Florestan), Peter Meven (Rocco), Siegmund Nimsgern (Don Pizarro), Carola Nossek (Marzelline), Rudiger Wohlers (Jaquino), Theo Adam (Don Fernando), Klaus Konig (Erster Gefangener), Frank-Peter Spathe (Zweiter Gefangener)

Rundfunkchor und Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur

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Wagner: The Ring (highlights)

Wagner: The Ring (highlights)

Das Rheingold Theo Adam (Wotan), Yvonne Minton (Fricka), Siegmund Nimsgern (Alberich), Peter Schreier (Loge), Marita Napier (Freia), Christian Vogel (Mime), Matti Salminen (Fafner), Roland Bracht (Fasolt), Eberhard Büchner (Froh), Karl-Heinz Stryczek (Donner), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Uta Priew (Wellgunde), Hanna Schwarz (Flosshilde) Die Walküre Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegmund), Jessye Norman (Sieglinde), Kurt Moll (Hunding), Jeannine Altmeyer (Brünnhilde), Theo Adam (Wotan), Yvonne Minton (Fricka), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gerhilde), Ruth Falcon (Helmwige), Cheryl Studer (Ortlinde), Ortrun Wenkel (Waltraute), Christel Borchers (Siegrune), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Grimgerde), Uta Priew (Roßweiße), Anne Gjevang (Schwertleite) Siegfried René Kollo (Siegfried), Peter Schreier (Mime), Theo Adam (Wanderer), Jeannine Altmeyer (Brünnhilde), Siegmund Nimsgern (Alberich), Ortrun Wenkel (Erda), Matti Salminen (Fafner), Norma Sharp (Waldvogel) Götterdämmerung Jeannine Altmeyer (Brünnhilde), René Kollo (Siegfried), Matti Salminen (Hagen), Siegmund Nimsgern (Alberich), Hans Günter Nöcker (Gunther), Norma Sharp (Gutrune), Ortrun Wenkel (Waltraute), Lucia Popp (Woglinde), Uta Priew (Wellgunde), Hanna Schwarz (Flosshilde), Anne Gjevang (Erste Norn), Daphne Evangelatos (Zweite Norn), Ruth Falcon (Dritte Norn)

Marek Janowski

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Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1

Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11

Bernard Haitink

Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52 'Lobgesang'

Margaret Price (soprano), Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor), Sally Burgess (soprano)

London Philharmonic Choir, Riccardo Chailly

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Bernard Haitink

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

Bernard Haitink

Philips - 4560712

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