Saturday, September 24, 2022

Southbank Centre, London – Royal Festival Hall

The Berlin Philharmonic offering competition,, and knowing that BBC Radio 3, broadcasting Gurrelieder live, has a thirty-day catch-up facility, I listened to the Schoenberg fitfully, as Berlin starts and interval allowed. So, it was the opening few minutes, the Wood-Dove’s appearance, and the whole of Part Two. Nor was I listening with enough engagement to review, so I am penning a few words to say I look forward to the whole thing one day, either on R3 or, even better, a CD release from the LPO to follow The Midsummer Marriage, However, even from a distance, this Ed Gardner-conducted Gurrelieder came across as very impressive, the LPO (138-strong) in top form, fine solo singing, an excellent (combined) chorus … and top marks for Jeremy Sams’s new English translation of the Sprechgesang episode that found actor Alex Jennings in lyrical form. One day then…

Alex Jennings speaker
Lise Lindstrom Tove
Karen Cargill Wood-Dove
David Butt Philip Waldemar
Robert Murray Klaus the Fool
James Creswell Peasant
London Philharmonic Choir
London Symphony Chorus