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    Quote Originally Posted by SiegendesLicht View Post
    I surely will! I am looking forward to a lot of enjoyment in the next season - at least seven different performances including one string quartet and two lieder recitals - seven reports to bore the esteemed TC audience with. And there is still that trip to Bayreuth.
    I'm looking forward to your reports! I'm living vicariously through all your sublime concert experiences.
    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Rachmaninoff

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    Default The dead men ride today!

    Arnold Schoenberg - Gurrelieder, a performance of the Hamburg Symphoniker under Kent Nagano, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg earlier today.

    The evening is just starting, and I am already high - on music, that is.

    Actually I only got to know Gurrelieder yesterday - and today I already heard them live. This is Schoenberg who does not sound like Schoenberg, before the beginning of his musical experimentation. This work is ripe with Wagnerian allusions - there is something of Tristan und Isolde in the story of the doomed lovers, something of Die Walküre in the music of King Waldemar's ghostly ride of the dead, something of Das Rheingold in the prelude... And is it really just a love story, has the lovely Tove really been killed only because of King Waldemar's jealous wife? Or is it a story of confrontation between a man and a no less jealous God, who takes away the man's most beloved because the man admits to loving her more than whatever God has to offer? The more I re-read the libretto, the more I ponder this.

    And musically, this work is incredible - the tender love duets of Part I, the King's bitter, fist-shaking-towards-heaven complaint in Part II and the fierce choral interludes of the King's undead warriors in Part III - all of this led on by the gentle, restrained gestures of Kent Nagano. And of course the final grand chorus "Seht die Sonne!" as the ghosts of the old legend vanish forever to give way to the new dawn. According to one classical blogger, it is for the moments like this that the Elbphilharmonie was built, moments when every cubic centimetre of space is pierced with music, when it goes through wood, iron and flesh and becomes almost tangible. I have already experienced quite a few of such moments within her walls - and many more are coming.
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Wo die dunklen Tannen ragen,
    Bäche rauschen, Vögel singen,
    Und die stolzen Wolken jagen.
    Heinrich Heine

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    ^ From today's report in "Hamburger Abendblatt": "But as it [the final chorus] came, that sound that the composer and the conductor economically spared until the last moments, it came with the might of a tsunami". Yes, that's exactly what it was - a tsunami.
    ... yet for us will still remain the holy German art... (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
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    Auf die Berge will ich steigen,
    Wo die dunklen Tannen ragen,
    Bäche rauschen, Vögel singen,
    Und die stolzen Wolken jagen.
    Heinrich Heine

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