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Gurrelieder

Schoenberg’s epic cantata
Sunday 28 August 2016
Usher Hall

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Anja Kampe Tove
Karen Cargill Waldtaube
Simon O’Neill Waldemar
Anthony Dean Griffey Klaus the Fool
Iain Paterson Peasant
Thomas Quasthoff Speaker

Schoenberg Gurrelieder

Powerhouse conductor Donald Runnicles brings the 2016 Usher Hall concerts to a dazzling conclusion with Schoenberg’s epic mega-cantata Gurrelieder, marking his very last concert as Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

One of the grandest, most opulent musical statements ever made, the voluptuous but rarely performed Gurrelieder uses a gargantuan orchestra and chorus to tell of the love between King Waldemar and the young Tove, later murdered by Waldemar’s jealous Queen. It blends myth and magic, and influences from Wagner and Mahler in a lush, late-Romantic score of kaleidoscopic colour and immense power.

Donald Runnicles is one of today’s leading conductors, held in especially high regard in late-Romantic masterpieces. His association with the International Festival stretches back to 1965, when he sang in the Edinburgh Festival Chorus’s very first concert as an Edinburgh schoolboy.

For this historic event, Runnicles brings together a stellar cast of international soloists as well as a specially expanded Edinburgh Festival Chorus and BBC SSO for a monumental performance of a true choral blockbuster.

This concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 16 September at 7.30pm 


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  • Language: 
    Sung in German with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours approximately, no interval

Venue

Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Anja Kampe Tove
Karen Cargill Waldtaube
Simon O’Neill Waldemar
Anthony Dean Griffey Klaus the Fool
Iain Paterson Peasant
Thomas Quasthoff Speaker

Schoenberg Gurrelieder


More information about some of the artists

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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Donald Runnicles
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Edinburgh Festival Chorus
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Anja Kampe
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Karen Cargill
Website

Simon O’Neill
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Anthony Dean Griffey
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Iain Paterson
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Thomas Quasthoff
Website

Gurrelieder | The Guardian

August 30th 2016

He (Runnicles) was typically expert with the singers, waiting for breaths without ever sounding as if he was waiting, giving the Edinburgh festival chorus space for a magnificent dawn chorus.  Equally expert was the way he involved the orchestra in the drama, surging up to fill in the emotions that the voices left unsaid

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Review by: 

Kate Molleson

The Guardian

The Guardian | The Scotsman

August 30th 2016

This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme ought to end: with a gripping, momentous work of gargantuan proportions, one you rarely hear, and one which represents a pivotal moment in musical history

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Review by: 

Ken Walton

The Scotsman


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2017 International Festival programme is now available to browse online.

Tickets

Grand circle: £47 £40 £26.50
Stalls: £47 £40 £32.50
Upper circle: £26.50 £20.50 £14.50

Current discounts

Students: 30% off
Senior citizens: 30% off
Unemployed : 30% off
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% off
Under 18s: 50% off
Young Scot cardholders: 50% off