Edward Gardner – Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (2015) [ProStudioMasters FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Edward Gardner – Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:42:30 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded live in December 2015 amid the sumptuous acoustics of Griegha llen in Bergen, this epic interpretation of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder involves 350 performers: large choral forces, six exceptional soloists and the legendary Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, extended for the occasion, all conducted by Edward Gardner.

“Five Stars … (conductor Gardner) has always been good at galvanizing huge performances and this spectacular account of Schoenberg’s work was no exception … it is good that Chandos Records was there to capture the event … the sweep of Gardner’s conducting, by turns luminous and incisive. He unleashed the piece’s volcanic passions while never becoming mired in its high-calorific density and somehow avoided drowning the singers.”
– The Telegraph

“… enormously impressive … the playing of the Bergen Philharmonic is rich, seductive and sensuous … (Gardner is) alive to the lyricism and drama of the piece in equal measure … a real willingness to explore the sheer gorgeousness of the score, as well as a powerful sense of drama where required … his control is mightily impressive, as is his ear for balance, helped no end by sumptuously detailed Chandos sound … the choral singing is thrillingly alive and direct … massed singers are nicely balanced in the sound picture … a terrific addition to the Gurrelieder discography … in glorious high-resolution sound that no one interested in this last great flowering of Romanticism will want to be without.”
– Gramophone


Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder, Pt. 1
01. Part I: Orchestral Prelude
02. Part I: Nun dämpft die Dämm’rung jeden Ton (Waldemar)
03. Part I: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen leise gleiten (Tove)
04. Part I: Ross! Mein Ross! Was schleichst du so träg! (Waldemar)
05. Part I: Sterne jubeln, das Meer, es leuchtet (Tove)
06. Part I: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht (Waldemar)
07. Part I: Nun sag’ ich dir zum ersten Mal (Tove)
08. Part I: Es ist Mitternachtzeit (Waldemar)
09. Part I: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick (Tove)
10. Part I: Du wunderliche Tove! (Waldemar)
11. Part I: Orchestral Interlude
12. Part I: Tauben von Gurre! Sorge quält mich (Voice of the Wood Dove)
13. Part I: Den Sarg sah ich auf Königs Schultern (Voice of the Wood Dove)

Gurre-Lieder, Pt. 2
14. Part II: Orchestral Prelude – Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest (Waldemar)

Gurre-Lieder, Pt. 3
15. Part III: Orchestral Prelude – Erwacht, Konig Waldemars Mannen Wert! (Waldemar)
16. Part III: Deckel des Sarges klappert (Peasant)
17. Part III: Gegrüsst, O König (Waldermar’s Men)
18. Part III: Langsam (Rehearsal No. 29)
19. Part III: Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald (Waldemar)
20. Part III: Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so ‘n Aal (Klaus-Narr)
21. Part III: Du strenger Richter droben (Waldemar)
22. Part III: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht (Waldemar’s Men)
23. Part III: The Summer Wind’s Wild Hunt: Orchestral Prelude
24. Part III: The Summer Wind’s Wild Hunt: Herr Gänsefuss, Frau Gänsekraut (Speaker)
25. Part III: The Summer Wind’s Wild Hunt: Still! Was mag der Wind nur wollen? (Speaker)
26. Part III: Seht die Sonne (Chorus)