1st July

Schönberg's 'Gurre-Lieder' with Schager, Theorin, Connolly, Schmeckenbecher and Conrad from Paris

Schönberg's 'Gurre-Lieder' is a massive cantata for five vocal soloists, narrator, chorus and large orchestra, on poems by the Danish novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen. The title means Songs of Gurre, referring to Gurre Castle in Denmark, scene of the medieval love-tragedy (related in Jacobsen's poems) revolving around the Danish national legend of the love of the Danish king Valdemar Atterdag (Valdemar IV, 1320–1375, spelt Waldemar by Schoenberg) for his mistress Tove, and her subsequent murder by Valdemar's jealous Queen Helvig. Performers: Andreas Schager: Waldemar. Iréne Theorin: Tove. Sarah Connolly: Waldtaube. Jochen Schmeckenbecher: Baue. Andreas Conrad: Klaus-Narr.  Franz Mazura: reciter. Prague Philharmonic Choir. Opéra National de Paris Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Jordan.

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