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.
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 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.