The Danish National Symphony Orchestra opens the season with Schönberg’s huge late-Romantic work Gurre-Lieder – one of the most overwhelming concert experiences imaginable. More than 300 participants are gathered on stage for the imposing and spell-binding music about King Valdemar, who, after his death, was forced to ride around restlessly at night.
A performance of Gurre-Lieder is the ultimate challenge: three choirs, five solo singers and a double-sized symphony orchestra all take part, so the work can only be housed in really large concert halls – and with all sails set. Schönberg could not make do with less when presenting the magical narrative of the forces that govern man and the nature which both surrounds us and is part of us.
The texts of Gurre-Lieder were written by J.P. Jacobsen, the world-famous Danish author and they tell of the love between King Valdemar and his beloved Tove. After his (hendes?) death, Valdemar rides around as a ghost figure in the woods near Gurre until he is released each morning by the holy sunrise. The Danish National Symphony Orchestra has not performed Gurre-Lieder for more than 25 years – do not miss this event, conducted by Chief Conductor Fabio Luisi!
The concert can also be experienced on the 1st of September 2022 at 19.30. Read more