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SCHOENBERG: Gurre-Lieder (Schoenberg, Vol. 1)

Composer(s):Schoenberg, Arnold
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.557518-19
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Recorded in October 2001 in the helpful acoustic of Watford Colosseum, Robert Craft’s version of Gurrelieder is among the most beautiful ever. Craft directs a performance which brings out the work’s warmly romantic qualities rather than its foretastes of later Schoenberg. He is helped by an outstanding team of soloists, headed by the clear, strong tenor, Stephen O’Mara, as Waldemar and the radiant, fresh Natalie Diener as Tove , with Jennifer Lane firm and cleanly focused in the Song of the Woodbird. David Wilson-Johnson as the Peasant and Martyn Hill as Klaus-Narr both characterize well, and the veteran tenor, now retired from singing, Ernst Haefliger, copes with the sing-speech of the Speaker’s role in a high-pitched way that Schoenberg


Review By ,Scherzo,March 2005

8.557518-19_SP_Scherzo_ Mar05.pdf


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