Schoenberg’s late romantic Gurrelieder at the Lucerne & Montreux Festivals.

The Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra will appear as guest orchestra with the Suisse Romande Orchestra in Montreux on 12th September and at the Lucerne Festival on 14th September. The Gurrelieder will be performed under the baton of David Zinman.
Arnold Schoenberg’s greatest success in his lifetime was probably the original performance of his Gurrelieder on 23rd February 1913. He had worked for almost eleven years on the gigantic score, which draws on material from the middle ages: the legend of the Danish King Waldemar’s love for the beautiful Tove, a commoner, whom his jealous queen has murdered. The author Jens Peter Jacobsen had reworked this myth, in which the love triangle theme recalls the stories of Tristan and Isolde or Pelleas and Melisande, into a poem cycle. This formed the model for Schoenberg’s composition.

The performance will call for an orchestra of about 150 and a chorus of 200. The need for such huge forces is the reason the Gurrelieder aren’t heard more often. The last time the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra performed them was in the Zurich Tonhalle at the end of September 1974 under the direction of Michael Gielen. Five years later they were heard in Zurich in a public rehearsal under Gerd Albrecht .

After more than 30 years this late romantic peak of the orchestral repertoire can be experienced again with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Suisse Romande Orchestra conducted by David Zinman, the NDR Choir, the ladies of the Choeur du Théâtre de Genève, the Latvian State Academy Choir, together with the soloists Christine Brewer, Petra Lang, Stephen Gould, Andreas Conrad, Stephen Powell and Wolfgang Schöne.

The performances of the Gurrelieder take place in Montreux on Sunday 12th September 2010 at 6 pm in the Stravinsky Auditorium, as the last night of the Septembre Musical. Two days later on 14th September 2010 David Zinman and his musicians are guests at the Lucerne Festival.

Tickets: http://www.lucernefestival.ch/de/karten/programm/

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