Schoenberg - Gurrelieder (Blu-ray) | Opus Arte OABD7215D

Schoenberg - Gurrelieder (Blu-ray)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OABD7215D

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd January 2017

Contents

Artists

Burkhard Fritz
Emily Magee
Anna Larsson
Markus Marquard
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Sunnyi Melles
Chorus of the Dutch National Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Marc Albrecht

Works

Schoenberg, Arnold

Gurrelieder

Artists

Burkhard Fritz
Emily Magee
Anna Larsson
Markus Marquard
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Sunnyi Melles
Chorus of the Dutch National Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Marc Albrecht

About

Begun in the year 1900, amidst the art nouveau curlicues of Klimt and the Jugendstil, Schoenberg’s grand cantata is written in a lush, late-romantic style indebted to Wagner and Mahler and pre-dating his pioneering atonal works. This setting of the mediaeval Danish legend of Gurre Castle – a love triangle between King Waldemar, his mistress Tove and a jealous Queen – gains an innovative new dimension in this first-ever staging of the work, directed by Pierre Audi.

‘... fascinating and emotionally charged musical theatre.’ – Bachtrack

‘An evening of both substance and beauty’ – Financial Times

Extra features: Includes a documentary of the making of the production and a cast gallery

Cast:
- Waldemar: Burkhard Fritz
- Tove: Emily Magee
- Waldtaube: Anna Larsson
- Bauer: Markus Marquard
- Klaus Narr: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
- Narrator: Sunnyi Melles

Subtitles: English, French, German, Dutch, Japanese and Korean
Running time: 140 minutes
Sound format: LPCM & DTS Master Audio 5.1

Reviews

Following hot on the heels of two fine new recordings of Schoenberg’s grand fin de siècle cantata, this release captures something very different: the first attempt to stage the piece. It makes for fascinating viewing. The guiding spirit is Dutch National Opera’s own artistic director, Pierre Audi; one can imagine a director having a tough time persuading a house to undertake the project in any other circumstances. But Audi wisely chooses to keep his narrative loose and suggestive, emphasising the piece’s affinity as much to Wagner’s Tristan as to Parsifal. ... The detailed, virtuoso playing of the orchestra and Marc Albrecht’s clear-sighted but impassioned conducting need fear no comparison with the best audio-only versions. A very impressive achievement all round.  Hugo Shirley
BBC Music Magazine March 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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