Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder is one of the repertoire’s greatest epics—a cantata of Wagnerian scope and ambitionby Alexandra Coghlan / May 18, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
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.
Venues around Suffolk, 9th to 25th June
There’s more to Aldeburgh than Britten. Highlights this year include recitals by star pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Piotr Anderszewski (playing dance-inspired music by Bach and Schubert, and works by Chopin and Janácek, respectively), a residency by Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis, including a performance of Purcell’s King Arthur, and an installation by sound-artist Bill Fontana. There is also the premiere of a Requiem by Olga Neuwirth.
Barbican, London, 23rd June
Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is a mystery. What prompted the composition of such an elaborate work is uncertain, though some speculate that it was a job application for a role at St Mark’s, Venice. Whatever its original purpose, the work is on…