Schoenberg: Gurrelieder; Sir Simon Rattle; Berlin Philharmonic & soloists
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder; Sir Simon Rattle; Berlin Philharmonic & soloists by EMI Classics at My Promo Pool. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Schoenberg's melodic, tonal Wagnerian masterpiece Gurrelieder calls for one of the largest orchestras ever assembled on one concert platform,
Through 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 nighttime ride of skeletons and corpses while railing against God. Although the themes and sound-world are Wagnerian, Rattle treats the score like Strauss--using a light, even ironically Mozartean 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. Karita Mattila is both creamy and intense as the lover in question. Philip Langridge and Anne Sofie von Otter are also in top form. Stunning. --Warwick Thompson
|Item Weight:||0.47 pounds|
|Item Size:||5.16 x 1.02 x 1.02 inches|
|Package Weight:||0.49 pounds|
|Package Size:||5.04 x 1.02 x 1.02 inches|