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Schoenberg: Gurrelieder, Verklarte Nacht Import


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Schoenberg's Gurrelieder is a massive cantata for five vocal soloists, narrator, chorus and large orchestra based on poems by the Danish novelist Jens Peter Jacobsen. The title refers to Gurre Castle in Denmark, which is the scene of Jacobsen's recounting of a medieval love-tragedy (and Danish national legend) revolving around the love of the Danish king Valdemar IV for his mistress Tove and her subsequent murder by the jealous Queen Helvig. This superb live recording featuring Zubin Mehta leading the Israel Philharmonic highlights Mehta's affinity for the repertoire of Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School. Gurrelieder holds a special place in the conductor's heart as it was the last work he conducted as he concluded his thirteen year tenure with the New York Philharmonic.

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  • Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Composer: Arnold Schoenberg
  • Audio CD (December 11, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: HELICON RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0090OPC6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I'm a Gurrelieder addict. I confess it. I can find something to inspire me in any performance of this post-Wagnerian epic, though few recordings (mostly based on live performances these days) are cast from strength throughout.
Perhaps only one recording has no weaknesses-the Levine/Munich Philharmonic performance available on OEHMS. There are NO weaknesses.
Having said that, I love the live Sinopoli Dresden recording though I have to indulge in a sort of Zen practice of hearing Heppner instead of the inadequate Thomas Moser.
There are other fine recordings by Kubelik, Chailly, Abbado,Rattle, Salonen and Masur-what a pity that neither Karajan nor Solti recorded it-to name but a handful and this Helicon recording is not without its strengths.
Mehta's last performance with the NYPO as Director was of this work, and it was recorded and released by Sony- but in execrable sound which rules it out of contention.
There are no such problems with this recording, captured live in the Mann Auditorium in 2011, with the recorded sound particularly detailed and revealing much underlying detail which renders the work sounding more modern than ever before, and which is well balanced and very realistic.
A major attraction for me was the participation of Jennifer Wilson, whom I admired so much in the filmed Valencia Ring.
I'm a tad disappointed-she sings with firm tone, very heroic and touching by turns when required, but she lacks the sweetness of tone of Voigt in particular-a superb Brunnhilde but maybe not a Tove.
The tenor of Daniel Kirch is something of a revelation-a fine, resounding steady toned Waldemar sounding often like Jerusalem at his best.
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