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  1. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Orchestral Prelude 7:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Nun dampft die Dammrung jeden Ton (Waldemar) 4:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen leise gleiten (Tove) 3:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Ross! Mein Ross! Was schleichst du so trag! (Waldemar) 3:36$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Sterne jubeln, das Meer, es leuchtet (Tove) 2:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht (Waldemar) 2:30$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Nun sag' ich dir zum ersten Mal (Tove) 5:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Es ist Mitternachtszeit (Waldemar) 6:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick (Tove) 7:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Du wunderliche Tove! (Waldemar) 4:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
11. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Orchestral Interlude 6:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
12. Gurre-Lieder: Part I: Tauben von Gurre! Sorge qualt mich (Voice of the Wood Dove)12:59Album Only

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  1. Gurre-Lieder: Part II: Orchestral Prelude - Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest (Waldemar) 5:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Orchestral Prelude - Erwacht, Konig Waldemars Mannen wert! (Waldemar) 2:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  4. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Gegrusst, O Konig (Chorus: Waldermar's Men) 6:37$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Mit Toves Stimme flustert der Wald (Waldemar) 3:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal (Klaus-Narr) 7:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Du strenger Richter droben (Waldemar) 2:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht (Waldemar's Men) 5:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Gurre-Lieder: Part III: Orchestral Prelude: The Summer Wind's Wild Hunt - Melodrama: Herr Gansefuss, Frau Gansekraut (Speaker) 8:45Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 18, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000675OGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Robert Craft is not ordinarily thought of as a master of ultraromantic music. One associates him with Stravinsky and the more advanced music of the Second Viennese School. Schoenberg was certainly the founder and guru of that movement, but his 'Gurre-Lieder' was composed before he ventured into atonality. It is a huge Romantic work, almost two hours long, that could almost have been written by Wagner or Strauss. It calls for huge forces--an expanded orchestra, a huge chorus, vocal soloists and a narrator--and it is difficult to mount. But it has fared very well on records and I will admit that I had some doubts about whether a recording conducted by Craft with virtually unknown soloists would be competitive. I need not have feared. Craft, whom I associate with no-nonsense tempi, takes it rather slowly, luxuriating in the post-romantic textures and allowing the sound to bloom, and he has superb musical collaborators here. Indeed, this is a great performance. The singers are unexpectedly quite good. Melanie Diener, the Tove, may not be as lush-voiced as Jessye Norman on Ozawa's recording, but she certainly doesn't have to take a back seat to her either. Her voice rings out thrillingly with ardor. Stephen O'Mara, tenor, as Waldemar is equally thrilling. I'd never heard of him but I can easily imagine him singing Siegmund at the Met or Bayreuth. In her brief appearance as the Wood-Dove, Jennifer Lane sings with a voluptuous mezzo. Surprisingly, to me, Martyn Hill, a tenor I've always found to be rather light-voiced, sings the scene of Klaus-Narr both firmly and with dramatic aptness. The brief appearance of the Peasant is sung nicely by bass David Wilson-Johnson. Veteran tenor, Ernst Haefliger, now in his eighties, speaks the Poet's lines in a modified Sprechstimme, effectively done.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2006
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I was blown away by Arnold Schoenberg's (1874 -- 1951) Gurre-Lieder, an immense work for large orchestra, chorus, four soloists and speaker which sets a text by the Danish poet Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847 -- 1885). Gurre-Lieder is a stunning, late romantic work, which Schoenberg composed around 1900-1901, but he completed the massive orchestration only in 1911. Among other things, this music will show the listener how atonal music, for which Schoenberg is best remembered, is an outgrowth ot late romanticism. There simply was no other place to take music at the time. The work is powerfully performed on this CD by the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Simon Joly Chorale conducted by Robert Craft. Unfortunately, the liner notes are not helpful in approaching the music or the story. Thus I will elaborate for the benefit of the listener who is just coming to the Gurre-Lieder.

It is easy to consider Gurre-Lieder, as I did at first, as an overblown, decadent romantic work -- Wagner and Mahler carried to yet further excess. The work has these components indeed. It has a medieval setting in the remote world of Danish kings. The work begins in melancholy twilight and the story revolves around the love affair between King Waldemar and his mistress Tove. Tove dies at the hand of the jealous queen, and Waldemar curses God. In punishment, he too dies and is condemned to ride through the woods with his retinue of ghosts and former followers in search of Tove. All this, and Schoenberg's music setting the story, is surely the stuff of late romanticism, but the poem and music take a turn. In a pivotal section, Waldemar and his quest are mocked by a jester, Klaus-Norre, who complains that he is denied the rest of the grave by Waldemar's passion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2011
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For those who have fallen under the spell of Arnold Schönberg's 1911 consummate oratorio of chorus, large orchestra and five soloists, this recording as conducted by Robert Craft in October 2001 at the Colosseum, Watford, England is a treasure to immediately add to the library. Though one doesn't usually associate the 'big works' with Craft's attention to detail found in his performances and recordings of smaller chamber works of Stravinsky and Schönberg, he proves himself not only able to hold a massive work together but also to make is more committed and dramatic than most other recordings.

Here Craft conducts the London Philharmonia Orchestra, an ensemble completely able to meet the many demands of this complex score. The chorus is the Simon Joly Chorale, 'professional singers handpicked by Simon Joly from the finest in London, one of three select choral groups formed by him for the specific purpose needed by each event. Simon Joly has used each group to provide the choral element in many of Robert Craft's recordings.' The soloists Craft selected for this venture include the now deceased famous Swiss tenor Ernst Hafliger assigned to the Speaker role, the brilliant Stephen O'Mara as Waldemar, German soprano Melanie Diener as Tove, the appropriately dark voiced Jennifer Lane as the Wood Dove, David Wilson-Johnson as the peasant, and the highly regarded British tenor Martyn Hill as Klaus Naar. Each of the soloists sounds completely involved in the drama as well as in complete control of the difficult vocal lines.

Robert Craft molds an intelligent control of his massive forces. The climaxes are breathtaking. This is a recording to savor. Grady Harp, March 11
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