Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Alwyn Mellor soprano
Michelle DeYoung mezzo soprano
Robert Dean Smith tenor
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke tenor
David Soar bass
Choirs of the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama choir
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts a full concert performance of a work he released with the Philharmonia in 2009, Schoenberg’s epic masterpiece, Gurrelieder.
Scored for soloists, chorus and huge orchestral forces, including a part for iron chains, Schoenberg found inspiration for his ‘songs of Gurre’ in a Danish dramatic poem which tells of the legendary King Waldemar and his love for Tove, the murderous jealousy of Queen Helwig, Waldemar’s condemnation and ghostly night rides, and a final spiritual reconciliation through the healing powers of nature.
This concert is part of the The Salonen Series series