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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Arnold Schoenberg , Riccardo Chailly , RSO Berlin , Siegfried Jerusalem , Susan Dunn , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Siegfried Jerusalem, Susan Dunn, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hermann Becht, Peter Haage, et al.
  • Orchestra: RSO Berlin
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (27 Nov 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041XO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Part 1: Orchestervorspiel - Berlin RSO/Riccardo Chailly
2. Part 1: Nun dampft die Damm'rung - Siegfried Jerusalem
3. Part 1: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen - Susan Dunn
4. Part 1: Roß! Mein Roß! - Siegfried Jerusalem
5. Part 1: Sterne jublen - Susan Dunn
6. Part 1: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht - Siegfried Jerusalem
7. Part 1: Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal - Susan Dunn
8. Part 1: Es ist Mitternachtszeit - Siegfried Jerusalem
9. Part 1: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick - Susan Dunn
10. Part 1: Du wunderliche Tove! - Siegfried Jerusalem
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Disc: 2
1. Part 2: Herrgott, Weißt du, was du tatest - Siegfried Jerusalem
2. Part 3: Erwacht, Konig Waldemars Mannen wert! - Siegfried Jerusalem
3. Part 3: Deckel des Sarges klappert - Hermann Becht
4. Part 3: Gegrußt, o Konig - St Hedwigs Cathedral Chor/Stadtischer Musikverein zu Dusseldorf
5. Part 3: Mit Toves Stimme flustert der Wald - Siegfried Jerusalem
6. Part 3: 'Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal...' - Peter Haage
7. Part 3: Du strenger Richter droben - Siegfried Jerusalem
8. Part 3: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht/Des Sommerwindes wilde Jagd - St Hedwigs Cathedral Chor/Stadtischer Musikverein zu Dusseldorf
9. Part 3: Orchestervorspiel - Berlin RSO/Riccardo Chailly
10. Part 3: Herr Gansefuß, Frau Gansekraut - Hans Hotter
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music adventure 22 Nov 2013
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This piece of music is interesting in one thing. People who do not know Schoenberg so much usually think, that the composer wrote only atonal music usually written in the twelve tone scale. But that is a mistake. He experienced a wonderful early 20th century post-romantic period which is, according to me, one of the best music periods ever! But only until the WW I, when came the depression and disappointment from the way which took the world... Gurrelieder is a message from the Middle Ages, about love, pain and fidelity. It is a great celebration of life, accompanied by top world class music. I have compared all accessible recordings and this one fulfills the listeners expectations the best. Great contribution to it is also fact it was produced by DECCA music company, which has the best reputation amongst recording companies and provides an excellent sound experience. I can only recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong 8 July 2002
By M. A COMBRINK - Published on Amazon.com
Chailly does wonderful things with the orchestra, Fassbaender is fantastic, heartwrenching. Jerusalem is the most musical heldentenor you're likely to hear. Dunn is not quite the Jessye Norman that Ozawa has but she is sweet and pure toned. If you like Mahler and some Berg, don't skip this work. There's a lot of Hooha about Rattle's new version, but I have heard it and it has left me quite cold. Try this. I shy away from 5 stars simply becuase the Ozawa version is ALSO wonderful.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll give it five stars 7 Aug 2002
By Brian M. Kulesza - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this recording of Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder several years ago, and in my opinion it is still the best on the market.
I agree with the other reviewer that the Ozawa recording (which I also own)has many merits, but if I were forced to choose between the Ozawa and the Chailly recordings, the Chailly recording has the edge.
This is one of those recordings for which I cannot resist offering nearly obsequious praise.
Haunting E-flat evocations at the beginning, the overwhelming punch of the orchestration, the RSO Berlin's entire performance, and of course the singing. The merits of this glorious recording go on and on and on.
I would urge newcomers (as well as longtime devotees) of this work to purchase this recording ASAP. You never know when even GREAT recordings such as this will go out of print or be scarce (e.g. The Solti recording of Richard Strauss' opera "Die Frau Ohne Schatten" which I purchased in 1992).
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 for sound, Hotter and Fassbaender 10 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have had this recording for years and was just lisening to it again this morning-- this is one of those discs that you will return to rather than letting it gather dust on a shelf.
As others have said, the clarity is stunning and while good singing and drama are more important than sound quality; don't underestimate the value of the textural clarity. If Schoenberg wrote a 12-part flute divisi, then let's hear it. And you do hear it-- the opening movement alone is revelatory in this respect.
I give this recording 5 stars in spite of the rasp in Jerusalem's voice, but he's always had it, and it is still an admirable performance. Poor Susan-Whatever-Happened-to-Her?-Dunn; at least she got this recording before she disappeared from the international circuit. I feel for anyone who must compete with Voigt or Norman in the same part; but she does as well as Jerusalem.
The best performances come from: Fassbaender- her solo is electrifying; you can't ask for more intensity and drama. It is as if she is in costume and part of a staged music drama; if she were, everyone else onstage would be cowering in fear. And Hotter- wow, wow, wow. His narration is every bit as spellbinding and dramatic as his best Wotan. He makes my heart beat faster every time I listen to this, and at the climax of his solo, before the choral explosion, he must sing the last few words as though mere speech could not contain the enormity of feeling. The huge orchestral/choral tutti almost pales in comparison-- it is thrilling and even brings tears to my eyes- what a magnificent artist.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp production 29 Dec 2003
By Matthew Fields - Published on Amazon.com
The performance on this recording is right on the money. The production--as in so many Chailly recordings--is so transparent that even in the densest passages, all the tiny details are crisp and clean, sparklingly clear. Some folks may find this distracting--the sort of folks who dislike the amazingly detailed balances in Leonard Bernstein's recordings of La Mer, perhaps. But the vast romantic dramatic curves are all there, too, and the casting is wonderful. After hearing many other recordings of this work, here at last I find one which reveals details of the score which I'd seen on the page but not heard clearly before. Considering that this work has been recorded by many of the heaviest hitters in romantic music (e.g. Boulez), it's pretty amazing that something more can be drawn from it.
Of course, the work itself is a delight, with its leitmotif construction, through-composition breaking into ariosos that extend Wagner's ideas in new directions, and inclusion even of Sprechstimme--that burlesque-inspired antecedent to rap and Rex Harrison's "singing" and other forms of non-sung poetic recitation to music. Unlike the macabre riffs on vulgarity in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, the recitation in the penultimate scene of Gurrelieder aspires to and attains a certain nobility akin to performances of Shakespeare with incidental music. The heavy iron chains and triple men's choir of the ghost scenes, the soloists, the concluding chorus--all the elements of this great work are in place and compelling in this recording.
5.0 out of 5 stars Late-Romantic Masterpiece 18 Dec 2011
By Friar - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the yin to the yang of 'Moses und Aron'. A fine piece in the tradition of Wagner and Mahler. The first part clearly shows Wagner's influence, while the third part sounds a bit like Mahler. The opening music of twilight and the closing music of sunrise seems predictably Romantic (not necessarily a bad thing), and provides a nice unity to the piece.

It is inspired by Danish stories and it's sound makes a good counterpoint to the completely twelve-tone 'Moses und Aron'. Recommended for fans of Schoenberg or Romanticism.
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