In 1900, Arnold Schoenberg began working on a vast operatic work based upon poems by the Danish writer Jens Peter Jacobsen. The poems evoked the passion of King Valdemar I and his mistress Tove in Gurre Castle, the death of the beloved maiden, her transformation into a dove, and the despair and vengeance of the king. In 1913, the Gurre Lieder were first performed in Vienna in the form of a vast and wild work, with soloists, narrator, chorus and orchestra. However, there exists an initial version of the work for piano conceived as a cycle of lieder for three soloists. It is this fascinating version that the Convergences series is presenting, with pianist Marcelo Amaral and three singers: Michaela Kaune, Janina Baechle and Torsten Kerl.
Before embarking on this great journey into medieval Denmark, the artists will perform excerpts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn as well as the sublime Songs of a Wayfarer cycle by Gustav Mahler whom Schönberg revered.
|Gustav Mahler||Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts)
Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?
Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (‘Songs of a Wayfarer’)
|Arnold Schönberg||Gurrelieder (original version for voices and piano 1900 -1901)|
Michaela Kaune Soprano
Janina Baechle Mezzo-soprano
Torsten Kerl Tenor
Marcelo Amaral Piano