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Rebroadcast: Schönberg's 'Gurre-Lieder' with Welch, Bendziunaite, Prudnikovaite et al from Vilnius
Gintaras Rinkevicius Jubileum Concert. Schönberg's 'Gurre-Lieder' is a massive cantata for five vocal soloists, narrator, chorus and large orchestra, composed by Arnold Schoenberg, 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 (a legend which is historically more likely connected with his ancestor Valdemar I).
Performers: Corby Welch, tenor, Lauryna Bendziunaite, soprano, Ieva Prudnikovaite, mezzo-soprano, Tadas Girininkas, bass, Edgaras Davidovicius, tenor, Vladas Bagdonas, actor.
Kaunas State Choir. Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Choir. 'Vilnius' Choir.
Liepaja Symphony Orchestra. Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gintaras Rinkevicius.
Recorded 20 February.