Schönberg: Gurre-Lieder (Dutch National Opera)
Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar); Emily Magee (Tove); Anna Larsson (Waldtaube); Markus Marquard (Bauer); Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Klaus Narr); Sunnyi Melles (Narrator );
Begun in the year 1900, amidst the art nouveau curlicues of Klimt and the Jugendstil, Schönberg’s grandcantata is written in a lush, late-romantic style indebted to Wagner and Mahler and pre-dating his pioneeringatonal works. This setting of the mediaeval Danish legend of Gurre Castle – a love triangle between KingWaldemar, his mistress Tove and a jealous Queen – gains an innovative new dimension in this first-everstaging of the work, directed by Pierre Audi.
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