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Prom 41 - Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 12 August 2012

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Penny Gore

Schoenberg's rarely performed choral blockbuster Gurrelieder. Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC SO, a stellar line-up of soloists, and a massed choir of some 300 voices.

Following Beethoven's 'Choral' Symphony on the opening night of the London Olympics, the closing night sees another choral blockbuster - Schoenberg's Gurrelieder. Based on the poetry of Jens Peter Jacobsen, the cantata traces the ill-fated relationship between Danish king, Waldemar Atterdag, and his mistress Tove. The medieval love-tragedy is an early masterpiece in which Schoenberg's late-Romantic voluptuousness attains a radiant C major sunrise apotheosis.

Augmenting the forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers, Jukka-Pekka Saraste welcomes two guest choirs. Plus, 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.

Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Waldemar ..... Simon O'Neil (tenor)
Tove ..... Angela Denoke (soprano)
Wood Dove ..... Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano)
Peasant ..... Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Klaus the Fool ..... Jeffrey Lloyd Roberts (tenor)
Speaker ..... Wolfgang Schoene

BBC Singers
BBC Symphony Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
New London Chamber Choir
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Friday 24th August at 2pm.

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