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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder


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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Live Recording: 60th anniversary-concert of the Symhonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, 22./23.09.2009, Munich Philharmonie

Deborah Voigt (Tove), Mihoko Fujimura (Wood-Dove), Stig Andersen (Waldemar), Herwig Pecoraro (Jester) & Michael Volle (Peasant/Speaker)

NDR Chor, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Chor-und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

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Schönberg's mammoth opus concurrently proved his greatest public success – the Gurrelieder, premièred in 1913. No less than 150 orchestra musicians, five vocal soloists as well as three great German radio choruses populated the stage of the Munich Philharmonie in the Gasteig in October of 2009. The performance, marking the Symphonieorchester's 60th anniversary and led by Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, was grandiose, the audience and press response – appropriately exuberant. To this day, the late romantic sound images, which seem not to fit in with the hackneyed cliché of twelve tone composer Schönberg (he first began concerning himself with this technique much later), directly stir every listener, and anyone who loves Strauss and Mahler should definitely not miss out on the Gurrelieder.

Documentation of a concert marking the 60th anniversary of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Only available DVD of the Gurrelieder.

Including bonus material (introduction to the work, interviews).

Outstanding soloists: Deborah Voigt, Mihoko Fujimura, Stig Andersen, Herwig Pecoraro and Michael Volle.

2.0 PCM Stereo

5.0 DTS Surround

Region Code 0

Worldwide Available

Booklet: German, English including the libretto

Gramophone Magazine

July 2011

“The core of this superbly well-balanced reading is as passionately dramatic an account of the 'Song of the Wood Dove' as you could hope to hear, with mezzo Mihoko Fujimura marvellously incisive and engaging...Brian Large's cast experience with tele-filming concerts pays off in that viewers should never feel nudged into noticing things which might better pass them by. At the same time, we're given vivid evidence of the large forces involved”

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