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Gurrelieder: Gurrelieder, Verklärte Nacht Op. 4

The Isreal Philharmonic Orchestra , Arnold Schoenberg , Zubin Mehta , Zubin Mehta & Daniel Kirch & Jennifer Wilson Audio CD
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  • Performer: Zubin Mehta & Daniel Kirch & Jennifer Wilson
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Helicon
  • ASIN: B0090OPC6E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 707,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Orchestervorspiel - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Nun Dampft Die Damm'rung
3. O, Wenn Des Mondes Strahlen
4. Roß! Mein Roß!
5. Sterne Jubeln
6. So Tanzen Die Engel Vor Gottes Thron Nicht
7. Nun Sag Ich Dir Zum Ersten Mal
8. Es Ist Mitternachtszeit
9. Du Sendest Mir Einen Liebesblick
10. Du Wunderliche Tove!
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Disc: 2
1. Herrgott, Weißt Du, Was Du Tatest
2. Erwacht, Konig Waldemars Mannen Wert!
3. Deckel Des Sarges Klappert
4. Gegrußt, O Konig
5. Mit Toves Stimme Flustert Der Wald
6. Ein Seltsamer Vogel Ist So'n Aal
7. Du Strenger Richter Droben
8. Der Hahn Erhebt Den Kopf Zur Kraht
9. Orchestervorspiel: The Summer Wind's Wild Hunt - Melodrama - Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
10. Herr Gansefuß, Frau Gansekraut
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"In another show stopping event, Zubin Mehta gave an incandescent rendering of Schoenberg s Gurrelieder with the IPO. In addition to his prowess as an operatic conductor, Mehta excels in the repertoire of Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School. He clearly feels a great affinity for Gurrelieder, which he has conducted previously with the IPO and, as I recollect, it was the last work he conducted as he concluded his 13 year tenure with the New York Philharmonic". Dr. Irving Spitz

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HEL 29658; HELICON CLASSICS - Israele; Classica vocale

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By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'm a Gurrelieder addict. I confess it. I can find something to inspire me in any performance of this post-Wagnerian epic, though few recordings (mostly based on live performances these days) are cast from strength throughout.
Perhaps only one recording has no weaknesses-the Levine/Munich Philharmonic performance available on OEHMS. There are NO weaknesses.
Having said that, I love the live Sinopoli Dresden recording though I have to indulge in a sort of Zen practice of hearing Heppner instead of the inadequate Thomas Moser.
There are other fine recordings by Kubelik, Chailly, Abbado,Rattle, Salonen and Masur-what a pity that neither Karajan nor Solti recorded it-to name but a handful and this Helicon recording is not without its strengths.
Mehta's last performance with the NYPO as Director was of this work, and it was recorded and released by Sony- but in execrable sound which rules it out of contention.
There are no such problems with this recording, captured live in the Mann Auditorium in 2011, with the recorded sound particularly detailed and revealing much underlying detail which renders the work sounding more modern than ever before, and which is well balanced and very realistic.
A major attraction for me was the participation of Jennifer Wilson, whom I admired so much in the filmed Valencia Ring.
I'm a tad disappointed-she sings with firm tone, very heroic and touching by turns when required, but she lacks the sweetness of tone of Voigt in particular-a superb Brunnhilde but maybe not a Tove.
The tenor of Daniel Kirch is something of a revelation-a fine, resounding steady toned Waldemar sounding often like Jerusalem at his best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A scraped 4 stars for this excellent recorded and generally well performed version -but there are caveats! 25 April 2013
By D. S. CROWE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a Gurrelieder addict. I confess it. I can find something to inspire me in any performance of this post-Wagnerian epic, though few recordings (mostly based on live performances these days) are cast from strength throughout.
Perhaps only one recording has no weaknesses-the Levine/Munich Philharmonic performance available on OEHMS. There are NO weaknesses.
Having said that, I love the live Sinopoli Dresden recording though I have to indulge in a sort of Zen practice of hearing Heppner instead of the inadequate Thomas Moser.
There are other fine recordings by Kubelik, Chailly, Abbado,Rattle, Salonen and Masur-what a pity that neither Karajan nor Solti recorded it-to name but a handful and this Helicon recording is not without its strengths.
Mehta's last performance with the NYPO as Director was of this work, and it was recorded and released by Sony- but in execrable sound which rules it out of contention.
There are no such problems with this recording, captured live in the Mann Auditorium in 2011, with the recorded sound particularly detailed and revealing much underlying detail which renders the work sounding more modern than ever before, and which is well balanced and very realistic.
A major attraction for me was the participation of Jennifer Wilson, whom I admired so much in the filmed Valencia Ring.
I'm a tad disappointed-she sings with firm tone, very heroic and touching by turns when required, but she lacks the sweetness of tone of Voigt in particular-a superb Brunnhilde but maybe not a Tove.
The tenor of Daniel Kirch is something of a revelation-a fine, resounding steady toned Waldemar sounding often like Jerusalem at his best. He is very fine indeed, though he tires a bit towards the end of his taxing part and his tone loses a little bloom-but I'm not complaining!
I've encountered Daniela Denschlag on stage in Vienna many times-last time as Annina-and her performance was what I expected: unsteady in quieter and lower passages, but soaring when volume and higher register is required.
Her Taube works well enough-she's better than Monica Groop for Salonen and von Otter for Rattle on his disappointing recording, but Meier and Larmore totally eclipse her. The remaining cast and the Israeli " Sprecher" are fine.
The chorus, made up of groups from Prague as well as Israel is a fine voiced accomplished entity, and their big numbers in the second part have the necessary impact.
Mehta conducts a fairly brisk unfussy reading, which is satisfying without being revelatory-but neither it is eccentric so that's a plus. It lacks the last touches of inspiration of particularly Levine and Sinopoli, but I have enjoyed it.
The playing of the Israel Philharmonic is not as accomplished as on other recordings from this source-the strings are not always together, and in the two final fate motiv chords after the Dove has stopped singing, the brass do not enter together, somewhat ruining the effect-but the general sonority is good and I don't want to overstate this.
One constant feature of Helicon recordings is audience participation-I'm a bit perplexed as to why considering Israel's balmy climate, audiences in the Mann Auditorium seem to be afflicted by constant colds, with coughing and spluttering a plenty (which they save for quiet moments). Perhaps it's the ill effects of air conditioning!
There is plenty to enjoy in this well recorded and generally well performed account of this great work, and there is even a filler in an earlier recording of Verlkarte Nacht, which is again good if not great.
The presentation is beautiful, with a fairly lavish colour booklet containing notes, biographies and the texts translated.
It doesn't scale the heights of the very finest recordings, but all the performances range from good to very fine and the recording is superb.
There are caveats, so only 4 stars-just, but if this particular recording appeals, it will satisfy more than it will disappoint. I'm glad to have it in my collection. Stewart Crowe
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