Fri 16.08.2019 -
19.00 to 21.00

Arnold Schönberg: Gurrelieder

Fri 16.08.2019 -
19.00 to 21.00
Estimated duration: 2 hours
Helsingin juhlaviikot
Ticket sales start  
Thu 25.04.2019 - 08.00
From 28 €
Cloakroom charge: 2.00 €
No intermission. Please order refreshments before concert. »
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra & Susanna Mälkki
Schönberg’s massive work is finally performed at Musiikkitalo. Composed for an expanded orchestra, a male choir and mixed choir, five vocal soloists and a narrator, Gurrelieder is always a guaranteed experience and event for the listener.

The unique scale and hubris of the song series makes it one of the milestones of late-Romantic art music in the 20thcentury. Based on a collection of poems by the Danish Jens Peter Jacobsen, the composition depicting tragic love and death is considered to be Schönberg’s response to Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.

Despite the mammoth size of the nearly two-hour work, the palette of expression is surprisingly wide, ranging from choral and orchestral parts full of pathos to delicate sections of chamber music. Evoking horror, romantic longing and even comedic jests, the three-part cantata with an operatic finale is as demanding for the orchestra as it is for the soloists. At Helsinki Festival, this challenge is met by international opera stars, the musicians of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and an impressive chorus of over 200 singers, led by Susanna Mälkki.
Organizer contacts:
Arnold Schönberg
Tickets and costs
Type of ticket: Event with admission fee
Basic ticket: 28.00 € - 79.00 €

Prices including handling charge

Cloakroom charge: 2.00 €
Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri & Sinfonia Lahti
Susanna Mälkki
Torsten Kerl
Emily Magee
Katarina Karnèus
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
Klaus Narr
Gidon Saks
Salome Kammer
Musiikkitalon kuoro
Polyteknikkojen Kuoro
Spira Ensemble
Nils Schweckendiek, Saara Aittakumpu, Kari Turunen
Kuorojen valmennus

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