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Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder / Gardner, Bergen Philharmonic


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5172  
Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  James CreswellAnna LarssonWolfgang Ablinger-SperrhackeAlwyn Mellor,   ... 
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic OrchestraOrphei DrängarBergen Philharmonic Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Recorded live on SACD in the sumptuous acoustic of Grieghallen in Bergen, this mind-blowing interpretation of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder involves 350 performers: large choral forces, six exceptional soloists, and the legendary Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra- extended for the occasion- all conducted by Edward Gardner. Marking the pinnacle of the Orchestra’s 250th anniversary celebrations, the same forces offered two evening concerts that met with unanimous acclaim in the press, including a five-star review from The Daily Telegraph praising the ‘sweep of Gardner’s conducting, by turns luminous and incisive.’ It added, ‘He unleashed the piece’s volcanic passions while never
Read more becoming mired in its high-calorific density, and somehow avoided drowning the singers’, and also congratulated the ‘heroic’ Stuart Skelton, ‘warm’ Alwyn Mellor, ‘ethereal’ Anna Larsson, and ‘powerful’ Thomas Allen. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Gurrelieder by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  James Creswell (Bass), Anna Larsson (Alto), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Tenor),
Alwyn Mellor (Soprano), Stuart Skelton (Tenor), Sir Thomas Allen (Narrator)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orphei Drängar,  Bergen Philharmonic Choir  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900-1911; Vienna, Austria 

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