Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra & Edward Gardner
- Arnold Schoenberg (1874 - 1951): Gurre-Lieder, Pt. 1:
- 1Orchestral Prelude06:10
- 2Nun dämpft die Dämm'rung jeden Ton03:38
- 3O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen leise gleiten02:50
- 4Ross! Mein Ross! Was schleichst du so träg!02:51
- 5Sterne jubeln, das Meer, es leuchtet02:09
- 6So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht02:06
- 7Nun sag' ich dir zum ersten Mal03:38
- 8Es ist Mitternachtzeit05:57
- 9Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick05:20
- 10Du wunderliche Tove!04:01
- 11Orchestral Interlude05:38
- 12Tauben von Gurre! Sorge quält mich04:38
- 13Den Sarg sah ich auf Königs Schultern07:04
- Gurre-Lieder, Pt. 2:
- 14Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest04:23
- Gurre-Lieder, Pt. 3:
- 15Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert!02:36
- 16Deckel des Sarges klappert03:14
- 17Gegrüsst, o König03:39
- 19Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald03:18
- 20Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal06:42
- 21Du strenger Richter droben02:29
- 22Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht05:43
- 23Des Sommerwindes wilde Jagd. Orchestral Prelude02:37
- 24Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut01:57
- 25Still! Was mag der Wind nur wollen?03:19
- 26Seht die Sonne04:56
Info for Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
Recorded live in the sumptuous acoustic of Grieghallen in Bergen, this mind-blowing interpretation of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder involves 350 performers: large choral forces, six exceptional soloists, and the legendary Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – extended for the occasion – all conducted by Edward Gardner.
Marking the pinnacle of the Orchestra’s 250th anniversary celebrations, the same forces offered two evening concerts that met with unanimous acclaim in the press, including a five-star review from The Daily Telegraph praising the ‘sweep of Gardner's conducting, by turns luminous and incisive’. It added, ‘He unleashed the piece’s volcanic passions while never becoming mired in its high-calorific density, and somehow avoided drowning the singers’, and also congratulated the ‘heroic’ Stuart Skelton, ‘warm’ Alwyn Mellor, ‘ethereal’ Anna Larsson, and ‘powerful’ Thomas Allen.
“... Stuart Skelton’s Waldemar is superb and a triumph ... with such firm baritonal warmth, subtle colouring and vivid projection of text that Skelton’s could well be the finest account in terms of storytelling... Gardner’s concept sweeps all before it; a slow burn that gains such intensity that the final chorus is a satisfying blaze of light. The sound quality is glorious – miraculously so considering the constraints of live recording... “ (Warwick Arnold, limelightmagazine.com.au)
“... an enormously impressive achievement ... Gardner’s operatic experience means he’s alive to the lyricism and drama of the piece in equal measure: there’s ardent longing aplenty and a real willingness to explore the sheer gorgeousness of the score, as well as a powerful send of drama where required ...” (Hugo Shirley, Gramophone)
Alwyn Mellor, soprano
Anna Larsson, mezzo
Stuart Skelton, tenor
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, tenor
James Creswell, bass
Sir Thomas Allen, speaker
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Choir of Collegiûm Mûsicûm
Edvard Grieg Kor
Students from the Royal Northern College of Music & Håkon Matti Skrede
Musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
One of the world’s oldest orchestras, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra dates back to 1765, and will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2015. Edvard Grieg had a close relationship with the orchestra, serving as Artistic Director from1880–82.
Appointed Chief Conductor in 2003, Andrew Litton is the current Music Director, a post he will hold until October 2015. Principal Guest Conductor is, from August 2013, Edward Gardner. Under Litton’s direction the orchestra has raised its international profile considerably through recordings, extensive touring, and international commissions. Edward Gardner takes over as Chief Conductor in October 2015.
The Bergen Philharmonic has in recent seasons played at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, New York and the Philharmonie, Berlin. The orchestra toured Sweden, Austria and Germany in 2011, and in 2012 they appeared at the Rheingau Festival and returned to the Concertgebouw. In February 2013 the orchestra toured the United Kingdom, with concerts in Usher Hall, Edinburgh, The Sage, Gateshead and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
The orchestra has an active recording schedule for three record companies; BIS, Chandos and Hyperion. Critics worldwide acknowledge its energetic playing style and full-bodied string sound. Recent and ongoing projects include Messiaen’s ‘Turangalîla-Symphonie’, ballets by Stravinsky, Barber’s Cello Concerto and a Prokofiev-cycle for BIS with Andrew Litton. The orchestra’s recording of the complete orchestral music of Grieg remains the reference point in a competitive field.
Currently recording Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets for Chandos with Neeme Järvi, the orchestra has also recorded works by Rimsky Korsakov, four critically acclaimed volumes of works by Johan Halvorsen, a series of the music of Johan Svendsen, and a recording of orchestral realisations by Berio conducted by Edward Gardner.
Enjoying longstanding artistic partnerships with some of the world’s finest musicians, the orchestra has recorded with Leif Ove Andsnes, James Ehnes, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Stephen Hough, Freddy Kempf, Truls Mørk, Steven Osborne, and Lawrence Power, amongst others.
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