Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder



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1st Nov 2004




1 hour 57 minutes


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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Stephen O’Mara (tenor), Melanie Diener (sopano), Jennifer Lane (mezzo-soprano), David Wilson-Johnson (bass), Martyn Hill (tenor), Ernst Haefliger

Simon Joly Chorale, Philharmonia Orchestra, Robert Craft

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Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder

Part I: Orchestral Prelude

Part I: Nun dampft die Dammrung jeden Ton (Waldemar)

Part I: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen leise gleiten (Tove)

Part I: Ross! Mein Ross! Was schleichst du so trag! (Waldemar)

Part I: Sterne jubeln, das Meer, es leuchtet (Tove)

Part I: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht (Waldemar)

Part I: Nun sag' ich dir zum ersten Mal (Tove)

Part I: Es ist Mitternachtszeit (Waldemar)

Part I: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick (Tove)

Part I: Du wunderliche Tove! (Waldemar)

Part I: Orchestral Interlude

Part I: Tauben von Gurre! Sorge qualt mich (Voice of the Wood Dove)

Part II: Orchestral Prelude - Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest (Waldemar)

Part III: Orchestral Prelude - Erwacht, Konig Waldemars Mannen wert! (Waldemar)

Part III: Deckel des Sarges klappert (Peasant)

Part III: Gegrusst, O Konig (Chorus: Waldermar's Men)

Part III: Mit Toves Stimme flustert der Wald (Waldemar)

Part III: Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal (Klaus-Narr)

Part III: Du strenger Richter droben (Waldemar)

Part III: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht (Waldemar's Men)

Part III: Orchestral Prelude: The Summer Wind's Wild Hunt - Melodrama: Herr Gansefuss, Frau Gansekraut (Speaker)

Part III: Seht die Sonne (Chorus)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“On the evidence of this superb performance we've quite clearly been underestimating Robert Craft. Precision and finely moulded detail are evident throughout, at least as clearly as in Chailly's and Rattle's accounts, but in Craft's case one is no less often aware of sumptuous richness, passionate eloquence and satisfying orchestral weight. He's also more prepared than rivals to adopt broad tempos and expressive rubato. Despite a few tiny reservations it a more thrilling account than either of the rivals mentioned above, and carries something of the excitement of a live performance.
Stephen O'Mara has the sort of voice you associate with Wagner's Siegmund, but with a fine sense of line and sufficient variety of dynamic to open out stirringly at climaxes. There have been more expressive Toves than Melanie Diener, but not many who are so firm-voiced and steady.
Jennifer Lane is an excellent Wood Dove, dramatic and expressive, David Wilson-Johnson a grippingly vehement Peasant, while anyone who thinks of Martyn Hill as a typically understating English tenor will be astonished by his Klaus- Narr, which is vividly acted and firm of voice. In his 83rd year Ernst Haefliger is an extraordinarily lively, urgent Speaker. The chorus are inspiritingly full-voiced, singing out like heroes.
Yet most of the memorable moments of this performance are Craft's and the Philharmonia's: the wonderfully glittering chamber textures of the penultimate scene, the passion and savagery of the orchestral interlude that heralds the death of Tove, the tumultuous power of the 'wild hunt'. Gurrelieder has been exceptionally fortunate on disc in recent years, but this recording (whose sound is often magnificently full and spacious) need fear none of its rivals.”

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