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

Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Alwyn Mellor 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.