A Prom in which Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, soloists and a choir of around 300 singers in Schoenberg's rarely-performed choral work Gurrelieder.
With Louise Fryer
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.
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.
Presented by Penny Gore
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)
BBC Symphony Chorus
Crouch End Festival Chorus
New London Chamber Choir
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jukka-Pekka Saraste (conductor).