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By Alwyn Mellor, Anna Larsson, Berg, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir of CollegiÃ»m MÃ»sicÃ»m, Edvard Grieg Kor, James Creswell, Orphei Drangar, Sir Thomas Allen, Stuart Skelton, Students from the Royal Northern College of Music, and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke. By Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Classical. Hybrid super audio CD (2 discs). Chandos #CHSA 5172(2). Published by Chandos (NX.CHSA-5172-2-).
Item Number: NX.CHSA-5172-2-
Recorded live on SACD in the sumptuous acoustic of Grieghallen in Bergen, this mind-blowing interpretation of Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder involves 350 performers: large choral forces, six exceptional soloists, and the legendary Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra- extended for the occasion- all conducted by Edward Gardner. Marking the pinnacle of the Orchestra's 250th anniversary celebrations, the same forces offered two evening concerts that met with unanimous acclaim in the press, including a five-star review from The Daily Telegraph praising the 'sweep of Gardner's conducting, by turns luminous and incisive.' It added, 'He unleashed the piece's volcanic passions while never becoming mired in its high-calorific density, and somehow avoided drowning the singers', and also congratulated the 'heroic' Stuart Skelton, 'warm' Alwyn Mellor, 'ethereal' Anna Larsson, and 'powerful' Thomas Allen.