Prom 41: Schoenberg – Gurrelieder
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus
Sunday 12 August 2012, 8pm
Schoenberg Gurrelieder (99 mins)
Jukka-Pekka Saraste conductor
Angela Denoke soprano
Simon O'Neill tenor (Waldemar)
Katarina Karnéus mezzo-soprano (Wood-Dove)
Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts tenor (Klaus the Fool)
Neal Davies bass-baritone (Peasant)
Wolfgang Schöne speaker
BBC Symphony Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
New London Chamber Choir
Following Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony on the opening night of the London Olympics (Prom 18), the closing night sees another choral blockbuster. Schoenberg’s medieval love-tragedy is an early masterpiece in which his late-Romantic voluptuousness attains a radiant C major sunrise apotheosis.
Augmenting substantial BBC forces, Jukka-Pekka Saraste welcomes two guest choirs. An impressive international solo line-up is headed by New Zealand tenor Simon O’Neill as Waldemar, the cursed king. German soprano Angela Denoke makes her Proms debut as Tove and Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus returns as the voice of the Wood-Dove.
There will be no interval
Please note that Jukka-Pekka Saraste will be conducting this concert in place of the originally advertised Jiří Bělohlávek .
How to get there
- South Kensington (District, Circle and Piccadilly Lines) High Street Kensington (District and Circle Lines)
- 52, Victoria to Willesden, stopping on Kensington Gore 9, Aldwych to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore 10, Archway to Hammersmith, stopping on Kensington Gore 70, Acton to South Kensington, stopping on Queen's Gate 360, Elephant & Castle to the Hall, stopping on Prince Consort Road
- London Victoria is the nearest National Rail train station.
- The Hall has many stepped entrances at Ground level. Ramped access is located at Doors 1, 3, 8, 9 and 12. Public lifts are located at Doors 1 and 8 and serve all levels from Basement to Gallery. The Arena Foyer bars can be accessed via a platform lift from the Basement level at Door 1. 14 wheelchair spaces with adjacent companion seats are situated in the Stalls at Ground floor level.There are a limited number of chairs that can be elevated which may be used by customers seated at the back of the Stalls platforms who are able to transfer from their wheelchair. If you are interested in this facility, please speak to a Steward on arrival. There are also six wheelchair spaces in the Circle at sections P, R, V and X and four spaces within the unreserved standing area of the Gallery. Please note that due to the physical limitations of the circular shape of the auditorium, the spaces in the Circle are more suitable for customers with good upper body mobility.