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Gurrelieder
Arnold Schoenberg
Abbado/ Wiener Philharmoniker/ Wiener Staatsopernchor /Arnold Schoenberg Chor

Gurrelieder

CD | Australian Eloquence | 0028948070558 | ELQ 4807055 | 10-13

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About the album

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
 
‘Abbado's pacing of "Gurrelieder's" 110-minute duration may be the best on records: the tension never flags, and the music's atmospheric richness is never short-changed. He also has a terrific cast. Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldemar) sings with warmth, conviction and imagination, and handles the music's heroic line without the barking to which many tenors resort. Sharon Sweet is a luminous Tove, and Marjana Lipovsek sings affectingly as Wood Dove, who relates Tove's murder and Waldemar's grief at her funeral. ’ The Baltimore Sun

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Die Zeitschrift Gramopohne kürte Claudio Abbados Aufnahme der Gurrelieder zur besten, die je gemacht wurde.
Lange Zeit war sie lediglich zum Download erhältlich und wurde nun nach vielen Jahren wieder in den  CD-Katalog aufgenommen – rechtzeitig zum 80. Geburtstag des großen Dirigenten.
Siegfried Jerusalem (Waldemar)
Sharon Sweet (Tove)
Marjana Lipovsek (Wood Dove)
 

Tracklisting
    • 1
      Part 1 1. Orchestral Prelude
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 2
      2. Waldemar: Nun dämpft die Dämmerung
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 3
      3. Tove: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 4
      4. Waldemar: Ross! Mein Ross!
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 5
      5. Tove: Sterne jubeln
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 6
      6. Waldemar: So tanzen die Engel
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 7
      7. Tove: Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 8
      8. Waldemar: Es ist Mitternachtszeit
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 9
      9. Tove: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 10
      10. Waldemar: Du wunderliche Tove!
      10a. Orchestral Interlude
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 11
      11. Voice of the Wood-dove: Doves of Gurre
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 1
      Part 2: 12. Waldemar: Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 2
      Part 3: 13. Waldemar: Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert!
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 3
      14. Peasant: Deckel des Sarges Klappert
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 4
      15. Waldemar's Men: Gegrüsst, o König
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 5
      16. Waldemar: Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 6
      17. Klaus the Jester: Ein seltsamer Vogel
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 7
      18. Waldemar: Du strenger Richter
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 8
      19. Waldemar's Men: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 9
      20. Orchestral Prelude
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 10
      21. Speaker: Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
    • 11
      22. Mixed Chorus: Seht die Sonne
       
      Composer: Schoenberg, Arnold
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