Schoenberg: Gurre-lieder

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Label: CHANDOS
Catalog: CHSA 5172(2)
Format: SACD

Royal Northern College of Music, students; Collegiûm Mûsicûm Bergen, choir; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, members; Mellor, Alwyn; Allen, Thomas S.; Gardner, Edward; Edvard Grieg Kor; Creswell, James; Orphei Drängar; Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Wolfgang; Bergen Philharmonic Choir; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Larsson, Anna; Skelton, Stuart

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 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.

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