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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder / Ozawa, Norman, Boston So

Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000771702   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Kim ScownJessye NormanDavid ArnoldTatiana Troyanos,   ... 
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraTanglewood Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Without losing any of the plum-cake richness of the score, Ozawa and company have found a remarkable range of texture, delicate as well as massive, translucent as well as opaque, in this bewilderingly diverse yet fascinating work.

Seiji Ozawa's warmly eloquent account, with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder wins the award in the choral category. It is a work that until quite recently was something of a by-word for post-Romantic megalomania, decadent over-expressiveness and a clogged density of sound that seemed virtually unrecordable. Without losing any of the plum-cake richness of the score's more grandiose pages, Ozawa, his orchestra (playing quite
Read more magnificently) and the Philips engineers have found a remarkable range of texture, delicate as well as massive, translucent as well as opaque, in this bewilderingly diverse yet fascinating work. It is a fine achievement, and Jessye Norman's glorious singing in the role of Tove makes it a memorable one. May it lead—as it surely must, if it is as widely heard as it deserves—to a more general recognition of the stature of this monstrous but moving and compelling masterpiece. I have to confess (there is no point in denying it: it was only a couple of months ago and memories aren't that short) that in my original review I did not choose this recording as the best available Gurrelieder; I found it, in a word, insufficiently Schoenbergian. It is good for a reviewer to have the rug pulled from under his feet once in a while, and I am delighted that the great virtues of Ozawa's performance have been so enthusiastically recognized and signalled by a well-merited award.

– Gramophone [1979 Awards]
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Works on This Recording

1. Gurrelieder by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Kim Scown (Tenor), Jessye Norman (Soprano), David Arnold (Baritone),
Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano), Werner Klemperer (Spoken Vocals), James McCracken (Tenor)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1911; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1979 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 102 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 1. Orchestral Prelude
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 2. Waldemar: Nun dämpft die Dämmerung
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 3. Tove: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 4. Waldemar: Ross! Mein Ross!
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 5. Tove: Sterne jubeln
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 6. Waldemar: So tanzen die Engel
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 7. Tove: Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 8. Waldemar: Es ist Mitternachtszeit
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 9. Tove: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 10. Waldemar: Du wunderliche Tove!
Gurre-Lieder / Part 1: 11. Voice of the Wood-dove: Doves of Gurre
Gurre-Lieder / Part 2: 12. Waldemar: Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 13. Waldemar: Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert!
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 14. Peasant: Deckel des Sarges Klappert
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 15. Waldemar's Men: Gegrüsst, o König
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 16. Waldemar: Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 17. Klaus the Jester: Ein seltsamer Vogel
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 18. Waldemar: Du strenger Richter
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 19. Waldemar's Men: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 20. Orchestral Prelude
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 21. Speaker: Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut
Gurre-Lieder / Part 3: 22. Mixed Chorus: Seht die Sonne

Customer Reviews

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 Romantic Schoenberg December 7, 2012 By Gail M. (Goleta, CA) See All My Reviews "This is a fine-sounding recording of a huge choral/orchestral composition of Arnold Schoenberg. It is tonal, in the style of Richard Strauss or possibly the Gustav Mahler of the 8th Symphony. I admit that I do not understand or fully appreciate thls piece because of its bizarre program. Here Ozawa and his musicians give us an impressive performance of what surely is a very challenging work to play." Report Abuse
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