Schoenberg - Gurrelieder | Hyperion CDA680812

Schoenberg - Gurrelieder

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA680812

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th June 2015

Contents

Artists

Barbara Haveman (soprano)
Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
Brandon Jovanovich (tenor)
Gerhard Siegel (tenor)
Thomas Bauer (baritone)
Johannes Martin Kranzle (speaker)
Domkantorei Koln
Mannerstimmen des Kolner Domchores
Vokalensemble Kolner Dom
Chor des Bach-Vereins Koln
Kartauserkantorei Koln
Netherlands Female Youth Choir
Gurzenich-Orchester Koln

Conductor

Markus Stenz

Works

Schoenberg, Arnold

Gurrelieder

Artists

Barbara Haveman (soprano)
Claudia Mahnke (mezzo-soprano)
Brandon Jovanovich (tenor)
Gerhard Siegel (tenor)
Thomas Bauer (baritone)
Johannes Martin Kranzle (speaker)
Domkantorei Koln
Mannerstimmen des Kolner Domchores
Vokalensemble Kolner Dom
Chor des Bach-Vereins Koln
Kartauserkantorei Koln
Netherlands Female Youth Choir
Gurzenich-Orchester Koln

Conductor

Markus Stenz

About

The Gürzenich-Orchester of Cologne has a pedigree second to none - counting Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss among those who have entrusted it with premieres of their works - and when you hear this new recording, the reasons for this are clear. Devastating brass combines with mellifluous winds and strings in a performance of Schoenberg’s late Romantic masterpiece.

Markus Stenz conducts a fine line-up of soloists and marshalls the massed choirs in this most epic of works.

Reviews

The sound Stenz gets from his orchestra is leaner, the strings more silk than velvet, but no less beautiful as a result, offering a more delicate picture of longing in the first part, occasionally displaying more languour than ardour; the musical structure and essential clarity are never lost in the clatter of Part 3. And Stenz retains a canny knack for opening the lyrical floodgates when required: the ebb and flow he brings to Tove and Waldemar’s final songs in Part 1 is exquisite. ...  it shines a new light on this fascinating piece and has a fierce conviction and integrity all its own. I can’t imagine anyone interested in the work will want to be without it.  Hugo Shirley
Gramophone August 2015
Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Award Winner

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