V009: Gurre-Lieder

Non-commercial, VHS (PAL), color, in German with Dutch subtitles (1988), 2:17:00.

Produced by ZDF, Berlin.

Time Description
0:00 Performance of Ravel String Quartet
2:55 Recording cuts off. Beginning of program: "Middagvoorstelling muziek." Introduction to Gurre-Lieder. Scenes from Danish countryside, portrait of Jens Peter Jacobsen, poet. Narrator relates the story, accompanied by excerpts from Schoenberg's work. Jessye Norman sings Tove and Abbado conducts in footage of a rehearsal.
11:30 Interview with Norman; rehearsal continues.
14:00 Titles, orchestra tunes, conductor and soloists enter.
16:00 Performance begins (I. Teil)
22:25 Rehearsal 9: Waldemar's entrance
26:45 Rehearsal 19: Tove's entrance
30:00 Rehearsal 28: Waldemar, "Roß! mein Roß!"
35:00 Rehearsal 44: Waldemar, "So tanzen die Engel"
41:30 Rehearsal 55: Waldemar, "Es ist Mitternachtszeit"
48:00 Rehearsal 65: Tove, "Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick"
53:30 Rehearsal 72: Waldemar, "Du wunderliche Tove!"
1:04:20 Rehearsal 96: Waldtaube's entrance
1:16:00 End of I. Teil. Story about the young performing musicians and the European Community Youth Orchestra. Footage of rehearsal with Abbado. More about the Gurre-Lieder story. Sukowa rehearses the Sprechstimme part.
1:24:30 Performance resumes (II. Teil)
1:30:30 III. Teil begins
1:33:50 Rehearsal 8: Bauer's entrance
Rehearsal 31: Waldemar, "Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald"
1:45:45 Rehearsal 39: Klaus Narr's entrance
1:54:50 Rehearsal 66: Men's chorus, "Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht"
2:00:00 Rehearsal 74: Des Sommerwindes wilde Jagd
2:03:40 Rehearsal 79: Speaker's entrance
2:12:50 End of piece, applause, bows
2:17:00 Announcement of upcoming programs, commercials, station identification.


Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Tove: Jessye Norman
Waldemar: George Gray
Waldtaube: Brigitte Fassbaender
Bauer: Harmut Welker
Klaus Narr: Philip Langridge
Speaker: Barbara Sukowa
Wiener Jeunesse Chor (prepared by Günther Theuring)
Philharmonischer Chor Berlin (prepared by Uwe Gronostay)
Ernst Senff-Chor Berlin (prepared by Ernst Senff)
European Community Youth Orchestra
Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester