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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder; Verklarte Nacht / James McCracken, Gre Brouwenstijn, Nel Rankin, Forbes Robinson, John Lanigan. Stokowski

Album Summary

>Word, Spoken : BBC Announcement
>Anonymous : English National Anthem
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Gurrelieder
>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The performance of Gurrelieder comes from a performance at the Edinburgh International Festival, August 20, 1961, while Verklärte Nacht, with Leopold Stokowski and his Symphony Orchestra was recorded in 1952. Stokowski was the only conductor to have performed all of Schoenberg's orchestral music during the composer's lifetime.

International Record Review
McCracken enters strongly into the role...he always sings very expressively, with excellent enunciation, and he has the necessary power and even harshness for his contributions...[Rankin] is a magnificent Wood Dove, plangent and authoritative, with sombre vocal colouring. In smaller role Forbes Robinson, then in his prime, gives a dramatic vignette as the Peasant; John Lanigan is a memorably bitter Klaus-Narr.

MusicWeb International
It is a pleasure to hear GrT Brouwenstijn in such thrilling, confident voice as Tove. The chorus is magnificent but often occluded in a mush of sound. Insofar as we can hear it, it is clear that Stokowski brings this mighty, majestic work to a rousing close.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Usher Hall, Edinburgh (08/20/1961); Usher Hall, Edinburgh (09/03/1952).



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Works Details

>Word, Spoken : BBC Announcement
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Anonymous : English National Anthem
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Form: Choral

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Gurrelieder
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Running Time: 89 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Verklärte Nacht, for string sextet, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Running Time: 27 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1899