Sunday 4th June 2017

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

From £13.50 (including booking fee); £3 Student discount available

Schoenberg - Gurrelieder 99' (there will be no interval)

Sir Mark Elder

Waldermar: Brandon Jovanovich, Tenor
Tove: Emily Magee, Soprano
Wood Dove: Alice Coote, Mezzo-soprano
Klaus the Fool: Graham Clark, Tenor
Bauer: James Creswell *, Bass
Sir Thomas Allen, Speaker
BBC Philharmonic
Hallé Choir
Gentlemen of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Gentlemen of the London Philharmonic Choir

The season’s theme of mythology and legend reaches the grandest conclusion possible with a rare performance of Schoenberg’s gigantic Gurrelieder. Featuring an all-star vocal lineup, massive choral forces and the combined resources of the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, it promises to be an evening never to be forgotten. The work is a setting of poetry by Jens Peter Jacobsen based on an ancient Danish saga, a tale of illicit love, jealousy and murder set at the castle of Gurre in North Zealand. Some think of Schoenberg as arid and theoretical, but in Gurrelieder nothing could be further from the truth. The musical language is richly Romantic and exquisitely lyrical throughout. At its premiere in 1913 the audience was wildly enthusiastic, not least at its magnificent closing ‘Hymn to the Sun’.

‘This musical collaboration, packing The Bridgewater Hall …was a Manchester event like no other, hotly anticipated, and, in the event, riveting.’
The Independent on the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic’s Mahler collaboration

* Due to medical reasons, Johan Reuter will be replaced James Creswell. We are very grateful to James Creswell who will sing the role of ‘Bauer, A Peasant’.

(Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

Please note: Latecomers will only be seated after 55 minutes into the performance and will only be offered rear gallery seats. Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time for the 6.30pm start.

There may be random bag searches at The Bridgewater Hall. Please avoid bringing large bags or luggage into the venue.

Pre-concert Event, 5.30pm – Gurrelieder with Peter Hill

Peter Hill, pianist, writer and broadcaster, gives an introduction to Schoenberg’s epic masterpiece Gurrelieder. Inspired by Danish medieval folklore, the work’s themes of joy, grief, loss and redemption mirror the turbulent events of Schoenberg’s own life.

The pre-concert event will take place in the auditorium and is free for concert ticket holders.

Ticket Information >>

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