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Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder [CD]

Ernst Haefliger , Philharmonia Orchestra , Arnold Schoenberg , Robert Craft , Jennifer Lane , et al. Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Robert Craft
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (1 Nov 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000675OGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Orchestral Prelude 7:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Nun dampft die Dammrung jeden Ton (Waldemar) 4:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen leise gleiten (Tove) 3:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Ross! Mein Ross! Was schleichst du so trag! (Waldemar) 3:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Sterne jubeln, das Meer, es leuchtet (Tove) 2:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht (Waldemar) 2:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Nun sag' ich dir zum ersten Mal (Tove) 5:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Es ist Mitternachtszeit (Waldemar) 6:42£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick (Tove) 7:07£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Du wunderliche Tove! (Waldemar) 4:50£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Orchestral Interlude 6:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Tauben von Gurre! Sorge qualt mich (Voice of the Wood Dove)12:59Album Only


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Gurre-Lieder: Part II: Orchestral Prelude - Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest (Waldemar) 5:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Orchestral Prelude - Erwacht, Konig Waldemars Mannen wert! (Waldemar) 2:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Deckel des Sarges klappert (Peasant) 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Gegrusst, O Konig (Chorus: Waldermar's Men) 6:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Mit Toves Stimme flustert der Wald (Waldemar) 3:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal (Klaus-Narr) 7:31£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Du strenger Richter droben (Waldemar) 2:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht (Waldemar's Men) 5:49£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Orchestral Prelude: The Summer Wind's Wild Hunt - Melodrama: Herr Gansefuss, Frau Gansekraut (Speaker) 8:45Album Only
Listen10. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Seht die Sonne (Chorus) 4:58£0.69  Buy MP3 


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder on Naxos 20 May 2010
By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was captivated by Arnold Schoenberg's (1874 -- 1951) Gurre-Lieder, an immense work for large orchestra, chorus, four soloists and speaker which sets a text by the Danish poet Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847 -- 1885). Gurre-Lieder is a stunning, late romantic work, which Schoenberg composed around 1900-1901, but he completed the massive orchestration only in 1911. Among other things, this music will show the listener how atonal music, for which Schoenberg is best remembered, is an outgrowth ot late romanticism. There simply was no other place to take music at the time. The work is powerfully performed on this CD by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Simon Joly Chorale conducted by Robert Craft. Unfortunately, the liner notes are not helpful in approaching the music or the story. Thus I will elaborate for the benefit of the listener who is just coming to the Gurre-Lieder.

It is easy to consider Gurre-Lieder, as I did at first, as an overblown, decadent romantic work -- Wagner and Mahler carried to yet further excess. The work has these components indeed. It has a medieval setting in the remote world of Danish kings. The work begins in melancholy twilight and the story revolves around the love affair between King Waldemar and his mistress Tove. Tove dies at the hand of the jealous queen, and Waldemar curses God. In punishment, he too dies and is condemned to ride through the woods with his retinue of ghosts and former followers in search of Tove. All this, and Schoenberg's music setting the story, is surely the stuff of late romanticism, but the poem and music take a turn. In a pivotal section, Waldemar and his quest are mocked by a jester, Klaus-Norre, who complains that he is denied the rest of the grave by Waldemar's passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise. 27 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must admit that this was a bit of an epiphany for me. I had always expected the Gurre-Lieder to be somewhat unapproachable, but at this price I was prepared to have a try. Excellent performances, and nice quality recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic & Creative Excellence 9 Feb 2008
By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is an utterly enthralling version of Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder directed by the Stravinsky expert Robert Craft.

We have great singing on this re-release from Koch recorded in 2001. The production values are, simply, stunning. Huge dynamic range, deep bass, and clarity and I'm no hi-fi anorak!

Some people say that Schoenberg is too difficult for "the masses"; I think that that is utter garbage and almost everyone who enjoys notated music could enjoy this work.

The 2CD set is accompanied by Naxos' usual helpful booklet but you have to download the libretti and I hear that this is in German only.

If you are curious about Arnold Schoenberg, this is an inxepensive toe in the water.
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