Notes & Reviews:
The Gürzenich-Orchester of Cologne has a pedigree second to none. It can count 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 lineup of soloists and marshals the massed choirs in this most epic of works with style and aplomb.
Financial Times, 26th June 2015
Live recording's cast is swept along with Tlan by conductor Markus Stenz.
The star of the set is undoubtedly tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Waldemar; his baritonal timbre suits the piece well, particularly the relatively low writing given to him for his first entry, but his top notes ring when necessary...the Cologne woodwind are on top form, as indeed is everyone in this fine new recording of a wonderfully colourful and dramatic piece.
Sunday Times, 28th June 2015
This superb performance crowns Stenz's tenure as Cologne's general music director, with opulent playing from the Gnrzenichers and six Cologne and Dutch choirs. Brandon Jovanovich's thrilling Waldemar and Claudia Mahnke's plangent Wood Dove are the pick of a fine team of soloists.
The Guardian, 25th June 2015
A good resumT of Stenz's qualities, his confidence in handling massive forces and his affinity with music composed on the cusp of modernism; he's at his best in passages such as the orchestral interlude that precedes the Song of the Wood Dove...and the Wild Hunt of the Summer Wind.
Gramophone Magazine, August 2015
Excellent performances throughout from orchestra, soloists and choruses - rarely have the lush textures of Schoenberg's late-Romantic cantata sounded this fresh.
BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
Makes a vivid and spacious overall impression thanks to the alternately measured and passionate sway of Markus Stenz and the golden tones of the Gurzenich Orchestra. It is also strongly cast with the heroic Brandon Jovanovich and the full-voiced Barbara Haveman as the illicit lovers.
Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie (06/01/2014-06/04/2014).
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Works DetailsSchoenberg, Arnold : Gurrelieder
- Conductor: Markus Stenz
- Ensemble: Gurzenich-Orchester Koln
- Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (06/01/2014-06/04/2014)
- Running Time: 91 min. 14 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1900-1911