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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, Verklärte Nacht, Chamber Symphony No. 1

Riccardo Chailly Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00008MLU1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No.1, Op.9Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra20:24£2.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 1. Orchestral PreludeRadio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 7:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 2. Waldemar: Nun dämpft die DämmerungSiegfried Jerusalem 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 3. Tove: O, wenn des Mondes StrahlenSusan Dunn 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 4. Waldemar: Ross! Mein Ross!Siegfried Jerusalem 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 5. Tove: Sterne jubelnSusan Dunn 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 6. Waldemar: So tanzen die EngelSiegfried Jerusalem 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 7. Tove: Nun sag ich dir zum ersten MalSusan Dunn 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 8. Waldemar: Es ist MitternachtszeitSiegfried Jerusalem 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 9. Tove: Du sendest mir einen LiebesblickSusan Dunn 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 10. Waldemar: Du wunderliche Tove!Siegfried Jerusalem 3:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 1 - 10a. Orchestral InterludeRadio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder / Part 1 - 11. Voice of the Wood-dove: Doves of GurreBrigitte Fassbaender11:26£1.49  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 2 - 12. Waldemar: Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatestSiegfried Jerusalem 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 13. Waldemar: Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert!Siegfried Jerusalem 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 14. Peasant: Deckel des Sarges KlappertHermann Becht 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 15. Waldemar's Men: Gegrüsst, o KönigChor der St. Hedwig's-Kathedrale, Berlin 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 16. Waldemar: Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der WaldSiegfried Jerusalem 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 17. Klaus the Jester: Ein seltsamer VogelGuido Haazen 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 18. Waldemar: Du strenger RichterSiegfried Jerusalem 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 19. Waldemar's Men: Der Hahn erhebt den KopfChor der St. Hedwig's-Kathedrale, Berlin 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 20. Orchestral PreludeRadio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 21. Speaker: Herr Gänsefuss, Frau GänsekrautHans Hotter 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder - Part 3: - 22. Mixed Chorus: Seht die SonneChor der St. Hedwig's-Kathedrale, Berlin 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op.4Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin30:02£3.69  Buy MP3 


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2CD D.S.O. Berlin/Riccardo Chailly

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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The first of many modern performances and still the bench mark! I fist heard this absolute masterpiece of late romantic vocal and orchestral brilliance on a double LP with I think Janet Baker as the wood dove among others but the recording was live and not terribly good and like all my LP's was dumped in 1991.

Then along came this Decca/London recording under the indomitable Chailly. A masterpiece indeed in his hands and with excellent soloists to boot. Susan Dunn is not a name you find in many recordings but the voice has the right weight and lovely tone for the part of Tove and Siegfried Jerusalem is in very fine vocal form here! So too is Hans Hotter as the speaker. If I had quibbles it was always with the second part of the work and Chailly does little to soften the tonal changes Schoenberg gives us here, but quite rightly so, the final blast of the wind blows the turmoil away splendidly!

Now this is on a Decca Double its an absolute bargain, typical Decca full frequency sound displays fine orchestral playing as well as the voices, soloists and choirs! 10 out of 10, no hesitation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm no expert but this is wonderful music making 24 April 2011
By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I know quite a lot of music! And I know lots of performances of quite a lot of music. And I love that there are so many different things that great performers can discover in great music. But one of the most exciting things of all is finding a big gaping gap in my knowledge.

How it is that I have missed the overwhelming thrill of Gurreleider for so long I do not know but now I have heard it I have fallen instantly in love. This is no mere interesting or rewarding byway of music and it is no student exercise. It is a great towering masterpiece. And it is also something of a missing link in music - logically, it had to exist (and it had to be this great)!

OK - maybe it is only me who hadn't realised all this. And it does seem to make me a poorly equipped reviewer of this recording. But I am a little spurred to say something heartfelt by the rather grudging and mean spirited review that is posted here and that really does not do justice to what I am hearing.

The price is tiny and the sound is very good. The singers all sound totally convincing (which means ravishing, intense, lyrical etc etc) and committed. The orchestra and Chailly's direction and the overall conception seem to me to be devastating. I am 100% sure that this is not routine or anything other than exceptional music making. And I am sure that, though there may be other sets where this or that singer might be preferred by this or that listener, this is a very good purchase and an excellent introduction to a really amazing piece of music. It is likely that as time passes I also will want to explore other accounts of Gurreleider. But I doubt I will ever feel moved to dismiss this account as of not great value!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A SENSIBLE SELECTION 28 Feb 2014
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This 2-disc set has so much going in its favour that it seems slightly shabby not to award the full five stars, but for me it’s the recorded sound (much praised elsewhere, to be fair) that is not quite as I want it. I mean the sound in the Gurrelieder – in the two smaller works I have no problem with it. The Gurrelieder uses an enormous orchestra, and the sound-technicians seem to have played safe. The sound is admirably clear and well balanced, but I want it socked to me in a way this recording strategy seems afraid to do. A little boosting of the sound-control helped up to a point, but there’s only so much to be achieved by that. I could make it louder, but I couldn’t bring it closer.

Otherwise it’s pluses all the way. Music-lovers still hesitant about Schoenberg could find this set a very considerate introduction. The first work on the first disc is actually the most ‘difficult’ – the First Chamber Symphony. Even there, get over the first few chords and you may find the rest quite easy to come to terms with, especially as the work is a little lighter of foot than much of Schoenberg. That occupies 20 minutes of the total 150; and at the end the final 30 are taken up by the famous Verklaerte Nacht. This started life as a string sextet, but the arrangement for string orchestra is what we are given here. Chailly’s performance strikes me as excellent, but let me admit that I don’t much care for the piece. Like Schoenberg’s bigger tone-poem Pelleas et Melisande it goes in for too much unremitting intensity and hand-wringing, and I find the effect rather tedious in any performance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected 17 Dec 2013
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I actually ended up preferring the Naxos Gurrelieder to this one, as it seemed to hit the spot where this one left me wanting more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not the best 1 April 2008
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I hadn't realised just how many recordings of this monumental work there were out there until I started a little research and I can claim to be familiar with only four -although I have listened to some excerpts of others. The other odd thing my investigations revealed was just how many totally contradictory opinions you can glean from a trawl through the Amazon reviews, both US and UK.

OK; in the end you can only tell it as you see - or rather hear - it yourself. My departure point and single biggest discriminator is the quality of the soloists. I realise that you need a wonderful conductor, orchestra and choir to do those massive sonorities justice and the final, blazing paean to Nature and the sun from combined forces has to be right, but the emotional core of this overlong, rambling, unbalanced, but ultimately fascinating, work lies with the outpourings of feeling from the hero, heroine, two bemused onlookers and, finally, the recitalist of the poem. I agree that several conductors seem to lose detail in a soup of sound - or maybe that is as much a location and recording problem - but I can forgive some of that when the voices are right. (Gielen's relatively new recording sounds to my ears to be serious undercast, although Diener repeats her touching, slightly low-key assumption of Tove.)

First, I will not budge on one fact (i.e opinion!): nobody, but nobody, not even Troyanos, begins to approach the depth, strength and variety of colour that Janet Baker brings to her Wood Dove narration. Her voice, in the rather elderly and hissy live, Danish recording conducted by Ferencsik, is awesomely powerful and resonant yet also delicate and moving. She conveys every nuance of emotion in a tour de force of a performance.
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