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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, Chamber Symphony No.1, Etc

Album Summary

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Gurrelieder
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Brigitte Fassbaender reigns supreme [as Waldtaube]...Susan Dunn is a vivdly drawn Tove...Best of all, there's finally a Waldemar who measures up to his part: Siegfried Jerusalem, who can sing the role as well as the notes.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This vast cantata, a direct descendant of Wagnerian music-drama, was for the turn-of-the- century musical scene the ultimate gorgeous sunset. Schoenberg's forces are, to put it mildly, extravagant. As well as the six soloists and two choruses, the orchestra sports such luxuries as four piccolos, ten horns and a percussion battery that includes iron chains; and so complex are some of the textures that, to achieve a satisfactory balance, a near miracle is required of conductor and recording engineers. Decca has never been mean with miracles where large-scale forces are concerned and this set is no exception.

Chailly gives us a superbly theatrical presentation of the score. The casting of the soloists is near ideal. Susan Dunn's Tove has youth, freshness and purity on her side. So exquisitely does she float her lines that you readily sympathise with King Waldemar's rage at her demise. Siegfried Jerusalem has the occasional rough moment, but few previous Waldemars on disc have possessed his heroic ringing tones and range of expression. And Decca makes sure that its trump card, the inimitable Hans Hotter as the speaker in 'The wild hunt of the summer wind', is so tangibly projected that we miss not one vowel or consonant of his increasing animation and excitement at that final approaching sunrise.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (01/1992); Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (01/1992); Grotezaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (1985-05-??&1985-06-??&1987-); Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (1985-05-??&1985-06-??&1987-).



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Works Details

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Chamber Symphony no 1 in E major, Op. 9
  • Performers: Jacob Slagter (Horn); Henk Rubingh (Violin); Joep Terwey (Bassoon); Ken Hakii (Viola); Geert Keulen (Clarinet); Willem Vuurst (Clarinet); Willem Vuurst (E Flat Clarinet); Werner Herbers (Oboe); Godfried Hoogeveen (Cello); Jaap Zweden (Violin); George Pieterson (Clarinet); Jacques Zoon (Piccolo); Jacques Zoon (Flute); Tonny Gruyter (Double Bass); Guus Dral (Contrabassoon); Sharon Onge (Horn)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Gurrelieder
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 90 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht for String Orchestra, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Running Time: 30 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917