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Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder is one of the repertoire’s greatest epics—a cantata of Wagnerian scope and ambition

Halle/Mark Elder—Gurre-Lieder 

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 4th June

Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder is one of the repertoire’s greatest epics—a cantata of Wagnerian scope and ambition, whose late Romantic lushness was all the more shocking coming from a composer already moving into the avant-garde. It gets a rare outing in the skilled hands of Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra, above, joined by the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the London Philharmonic Choir. Tenor Brandon Jovanovich and soprano Emily Magee are ill-fated lovers Waldemar and Tove, with Mezzo Alice Coote as the Wood Dove.

 

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