Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 8.30pmSt. Denis Basilica (Festival de Saint Denis), Paris

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Camilla Tilling soprano

Michelle DeYoung mezzo soprano

Robert Dean Smith tenor

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke tenor

David Soar bass

Barbara Sukowa narrator

Philharmonia Voices

Choirs of the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music & Guildhall School of Music and Drama choir

Schoenberg Gurrelieder

The Philharmonia Orchestra's Principal Conductor 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. 

Soprano Alwyn Mellor has regretfully had to withdraw from the performance. We are very grateful to Camilla Tilling for stepping in to the role of Tove at short notice.