Siegfried Jerusalem

Tenor

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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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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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


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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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


Schoenberg:

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

original version

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Gurrelieder

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

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Building a Library

Also Recommended - March 2017

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Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1

Mendelssohn: The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1


Mendelssohn:

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


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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Recorded live at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 10 September 1982.


The Missa Solemnis is one of Beethoven’s great works from the height of his composing career: nothing he composed surpasses it for scale, sincerity or sheer vision.

Recorded live at the BBC Proms in 1982, this concert was one of the highlights of Solti’s final season as LPO Principal Conductor: a memorable performance described by mezzo soprano Doris Soffel upon hearing the master as the conductor’s ‘love-declaration to Beethoven’.

Solti, an exclusive Decca artist, was one of the most influential and most recorded conductors of the 20th century. It was with his recordings of Beethoven with the LPO in the early 1950s that his career first gathered momentum.

Solti had a great affinity with the Missa Solemnis on the concert stage and in recordings. He recorded it twice, once with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1978) and later a live recording with the Berlin Philharmonic (1994), both only currently available digitally or as part of a 25CD (Berlin) or 54CD (Chicago) box set.

In this live Proms recording Solti demonstrates his mastery of the large-scale choral genre, and of making the most of the occasion; this performance is full of calming reverence.

The recording features an outstanding array of soloists representing some of the finest voices of the late 20th century: Helen Donath, Doris Soffel, Siegfried Jerusalem and Hans Sotin, as well as the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

“Solti’s is an intense, big-boned reading which seems to me to be firmly operatic in conception...The operatic dimension is very much in evidence in the contributions of the four soloists...However, the real heroes and heroines of this performance are to be found in the chorus...Solti, who gets the LPO to play very well indeed, is on fine form.” MusicWeb International, 3rd June 2014

“It's not without problems: the recording is murky and has too much reverb...But it's a wonderfully coherent interpretation – humane, humble and, at one point during the anti-military Agnus Dei, disturbingly angry – that proves utterly enthralling.” The Guardian, 26th July 2014 ****

“[Solti's] command, both of the work and of the forces he has at his disposal here, makes for a vivid account of the Mass. The Edinburgh Festival Chorus...is in particularly fine fettle. For so large a chorus, the word-pointing is superb...The contributions of the young Siegfried Jerusalem are particularly noteworthy.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2014

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Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Das Rheingold

John Tomlinson (Wotan), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Bodo Brinkmann (Donner), Helmut Pampuch (Mime), Kurt Schreibmayer (Froh), Matthias Hölle (Fasolt), Graham Clark (Loge), Philip Kang (Fafner), Linda Finnie (Fricka), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Eva Johansson (Freia), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Die Walküre

Paul Elming (Siegmund), Nadine Secunde (Sieglinde), Matthias Hölle (Hunding), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), John Tomlinson (Wotan), Ruth Floeren (Ortlinde), Shirley Close (Waltraute), Hitomi Katagiri (Schwertleite), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Helmwige), Linda Finnie (Siegrune/Fricka), Birgitta Svendén (Grimgerde), Eva Johansson (Gerhilde), Hebe Kijkstra (Rossweisse)

Siegfried

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Philip Kang (Fafner), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Birgitta Svendén (Erda), Graham Clark (Mime), Hilde Leidland (Waldvogel)

Götterdämmerung

Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), John Tomlinson (Wanderer), Anne Evans (Brünnhilde), Birgitta Svendén (Erste Norn), Philip Kang (Hagen), Linda Finnie Zweite Norn), Bodo Brinkmann (Gunther), Uta Priew (Dritte Norn), Eva-Maria Bundschuh (Gutrune), Hilde Leidland (Woglinde), Waltraud Meier (Waltraute), Annette Küttenbaum (Wellgunde), Günter von Kannen (Alberich), Jane Turner (Flosshilde)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Choir, Daniel Barenboim

Contents:

Music

Wagner’s complete Ring cycle available in two high quality audio formats (uncompressed WAV and 320kbps MP3)

Video

• BBC documentary: ‘Great composers - Wagner’

• ‘The making of the Ring’ featuring Daniel Barenboim and John Tomlinson.

Full libretto

• The full libretti of all four operas, available to download in PDF form

Specially designed software application featuring:

• Synopses and Articles:

Full synopses for each opera and seventeen original articles covering all

aspects of the Ring and its production.

• Leitmotif extracts and scores:

An exploration of the leitmotifs used in the Ring, with scores, extracts and descriptions covering 65 of the most prominent themes

• Illustrated comic strip:

An illustrated guide to the story of the Ring.

• Photos, biographies and other editorial

“For me the highlight of Daniel Barenboim's 1992 Bayreuth cycle is the matchless singing of John Tomlinson as Wotan, coupled with a radiant Brünnhilde from Anne Evans. Siegfried Jerusalem is movingly tender as Siegfried, and Philip Kang as Hagen is menacingly unsettling; his summoning of the vassals in Act Two of Götterdämmerung is thrilling indeed, with the gentlemen of the Bayreuth chorus sounding fantastic.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, March 2015

“it's arguably the finest Ring on disc of the last 30 years” The Guardian, 19th December 2013 ****

“The performances have mostly lasted very well, give or take some lurching speeds and passing weaknesses in lesser roles” The Times, 13th December 2013

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