SCHöNBERG GURRE-LIEDER BAYERISCHENORCH. RUNDFUNKS MARISS JANSONS dir. LIVE 2009
DEBORAH VOIGT sopran,Tove
MIHUKO FUJIMURA mezzosopran,Waldtaube
STIG ANDERSEN tenor,Waldemar
HERWIG PECORARO tenor,Narr
M.VOLLE bariton,Bauer und Sprecher
In 1900, Schoenberg began composing the work as a song cycle for soprano, tenor and piano for a competition run by the Wiener Tonkünstler-Verein (Vienna Composers' Association). It was written in a lush, late-romantic style heavily influenced by Richard Wagner. According to Schoenberg, however, he "finished them half a week too late for the contest, and this decided the fate of the work." Later that year, he radically expanded his original conception, composing links between the first nine songs as well as adding a prelude, the Wood Dove's Song, and the whole of Parts Two and Three. He worked on this version sporadically until around 1903, when he abandoned the mammoth task of orchestrating the work and moved on to other projects.
By the time he returned to the piece in 1910, he had already written his first acknowledged atonal work