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  • Orchestra: Thomas Quasthoff, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Arnold Schoenberg, Simon Rattle
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (8 April 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000633FR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Orchestral Prelude
2. Nun dämfpt die Dämm'rung (Waldemar)
3. O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen (Tove)
4. Ross! Mein Ross! (Waldemar)
5. Sterne jubeln (Tove)
6. So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht (Waldemar)
7. Nun sag ich dir zum ersten mal (Tove)
8. Es ist Mitternachtszeit (Waldemar)
9. Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick (Tove)
10. Du wunderliche Tove! (Waldemar)
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Disc: 2
1. Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest
2. Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert! (Waldemar)
3. Deckel des Sarges klappert (Bauer & Chor)
4. Gegrüsst, o König (Waldermars Männen)
5. Mit Toves stimme flüstert der Wald (Waldemar)
6. 'Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal' (Klaus-Narr)
7. Du strenger Richter droben (Waldemar)
8. Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht
9. Orchestral Prelude
10. Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut (Sprecher)
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Schoenberg's melodic, tonal Wagnerian masterpiece Gurrelieder calls for one of the largest orchestras ever assembled on one concert platform, including 25 woodwind, 25 brass, 11 percussion, three four-part male voice choirs and a mixed eight-part choir; Simon Rattle fondly remembers it as the "biggest score in Liverpool's Music Library". In the interview with him included in the liner notes, he also adds: "although 400 people are involved, Gurrelieder is in fact the world's largest string quartet". In music of sumptuous beauty it tells the story of a king, Waldemar, whose beautiful young mistress Tove is murdered by his wife. Waldemar joins a terrifying night-time ride of skeletons and corpses while railing against God. But although the themes and sound-world are Wagnerian, Rattle treats the score like Strauss--using a light, even ironically Mozartian, touch. The effect is overwhelmingly powerful, and the work's climaxes (the skeletons' "Wild hunt", and the massive "Hymn to the sun at the end") are all the more spine-tingling for the careful restraint and generally quick tempi that have gone before. The singers couldn't be bettered; tenor Thomas Moser has a rich baritone range perfect for the demanding role of Waldemar, the king whose lover is foully murdered, and Karita Mattila is both creamy and intense as the lover in question. Philip Langridge and Anne Sofie von Otter are also on top form. Stunning.--Warwick Thompson

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Scott on 21 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a relative newcomer to early Schoenberg, I have been literally blown over by the splendour and sheer musicality of this production. I have always had a big sweet-tooth for fin-de-siecle opulence and this is surely the crowning glory of Rattle's EMI recordings thus far. I urge anyone new to this wonderful cantata to snap it up at once - you will never look back.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By discerningreader on 6 Sept. 2010
Format: MP3 Download
This is Rattle and the BPO at their best. A wonderful weighty sound, magnificently recorded. Tempi are sometimes on the slow side, which enhances the sense of luxury. While the climactic and chaotic moments are there, as thrillingly they should be

Maybe this generosity of sound all the way through produces slightly less of a structural drive over the whole work, and perhaps the chorus are slightly less well controlled in the final song than ideal. So the final sunrise moment is less powerful than we would wish. (Try instead Salonen with the Philharmonia Orchestra - although their overall sound is leaner, they always have a sense of going somewhere and their finale and ecstatic climactic chord are extraorinary).

In any case, as this is one of the biggest and most complex works ever written, it is unlikely there will ever be a definitive recording. So, once the work gets under your skin you might find yourself getting several versions, for their different merits. There are other great performances of this work available, but this is the one I listen to more than any other - for the sheer sensory pleasure of it.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Pelly on 29 Jun. 2009
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This is just one of those recordings! If you want Gurreleider... this is the recording you get! One of the world's top orchestras with a fantastic line up of soloists and a true maestro at the helm make for 100 minutes of sheer joy and excitement for the listener!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark A. Meldon TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
An awful lot of people merely associate the music of Arnold Schoenberg with screechy, scratchy, "atonal" noise. Whilst there is a bit of that kind of stuff amongst his works, Gurrelieder is certainly not one of them and is, in my view, quite a good entry point for those trying out Schoenberg for the first time.

Gurrelieder is very lush, tuneful, and employs vast resources from an orchestral point of view. It's part song cycle, part oratorio, part melodrama with a touch of opera and symphony too - all from a 25-year old genius. I just love the sound of this music!

This was one of the first recordings Sir Simon Rattle did with the Berlin Philharmonic and is, simply, excellent. Well-produced and nicely packaged, This 2-CD set comes very highly recommended
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Like his unimaginative performance of Turangalila Symphony, Rattle again kills this amazing music by his meticulously planned and calculated conducting. He tries to control everything in the music and ends up losing all. This sort of music should be played with untamed passion and colossal imagination. Rattle's account sounds very fine, but that's all there is, still better than Ozawa's version though.
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