V011: Arleen Auger; Gurre-Lieder; 3 kleine Orchesterstücke; etc.

Non-commercial, VHS (PAL) color, 2:49:41 (Gift of Henk Guittart) Contents


Outtake from Dutch television documentary about Arleen Auger. Includes brief excerpts of a rehearsal with the Schönberg Ensemble. (7:49) In Dutch with English subtitles. Producer, Director, Date unknown.

Outtakes from televised performance of the St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach, with Arleen Auger as soprano soloist. (8:11) No commentary or titles. Producer, director, conductor, performing group, date unknown.

Televised performance of Arnold Schönberg's Gurre-Lieder at the Royal Albert Hall. Pierre Boulez conducting; see below for cast list. Short documentary film during intermission, "The Years in Between". (2:24:22) Commentary in  English, with English subtitles. See below for cast list and production information.

Televised performance of Drei kleine Orchesterstücke (1910), Claudio Abbado conducting, Schönberg Ensemble? Taped from television, but no indication of when or where program took place. (2:18) Performing group and production information unknown.
for Gurre-Lieder (item 3 above)

Time Visual  Music
0:00 Title: "Morgen (R. Strauss)' Arleen Auger sings the song in the background while we see images of waves lapping the shore, clouds moving past the sun in the sky. Richard Strauss: "Morgen"
1:05 Cut to Auger at a rehearsal with a chamber orchestra. She is holding the score to Alban Berg's Seven Early Songs.  
1:21 Cut to interview with Auger. She speaks in English, subtitles in Dutch. She says that Mozart, Wolf and Strauss are her favorite composers and the ones she sings most often.  
2:28 Cut back to rehearsal with the Schönberg  Ensemble.  
2:54 Cut back to interview. Talks about how central the Lied recital has been to her professional career.  
3:56 Cut back to rehearsal with chamber orchestra. Alban Berg: "Liebesode", from Seven Early Songs
4:48 Cut back to interview. Discusses about importance of communicating feelings through words. Brief cut of Auger rehearsing as she speaks.  
6:17 Cut back to rehearsal. She finishes piece. Alban Berg: "Liebesode", from Seven Early Songs
7:18 Cut back to interview. Discusses about unique experience of live performance.  
7:49 Cut to a Bach performance with orchestra (tape blips a little); a younger Auger sings. Might be from a different program altogether. Johann Sebastian Bach: Recitative and Aria: "Ich will dir mein Herze schenken", St. Matthew Passion
13:14 Cut to another excerpt from same Bach performance. Johann Sebastian Bach: Soprano-alto duet with chorus: "So ist mein Jesus nun gefangen", St. Matthew Passion
16:01 Cut to another excerpt from same Bach performance. Auger sings a solo. Lots of shots of woodwinds playing accompaniment. Johann Sebastian Bach: Recitative and Aria: "Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben", St. Matthew Passion
22:30 Cut to another program. Titles: "Live from the Proms". Shot of Royal Albert Hall. Narrator says National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has joined forces with BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, the Brighton Festival Chorus, the Royal Choral Society and the men's voices of the Philharmonia Chorus--480 voices!--to perform Schönberg's Gurre-Lieder, which premiered in 1913. Conducted by Pierre Boulez. Introduction by Michael Berkeley. Berkeley gives background regarding piece. Tove: Jessye Norman. Waldemar: Walter Raffeiner. Wood-Dove: Elizabeth Lawrence.  
25:30 Berkeley gives quick overview in English of the plot events of the first nine songs.  
26:35 Performers begin to take the stage: concertmaster, soloists, conductor.  
27:45 Performance begins. Prelude to Part I. Schönberg: Gurre-Llieder, Part I
33:49 Waldemar: "Nun dämpft die Dämmerung jeden Ton von Meer und Land". English subtitles. Song 1.
37:29 Tove: "O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen milde gleiten" Song 2.
40:10 Waldmar: "Ross! Mein Ross! Was schleichst du so träg!" Song 3.
43:46 Tove: "Sterne jubeln, das Meer, es leuchtet" Song 4.
45:42 Waldemar: "So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht" Song 5.
48:33 Tove: "Nun sag ich dir zum ersten Mal" Song 6.
52:25 Waldemar: "Es ist Mitternachtszeit" Song 7.
57:43 Tove: "Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick" Song 8.
1:02:57 Waldemar: "Du wunderliche Tove!" Song 9.
1:06:34 Orchestral interlude. Interlude.
1:11:03 Song of the Wood Dove. Song of the Wood dove.
1:23:00 End of Part I. Applause. Voice-over returns to give closing credits.  
1:27:13 Intermission program about the history of the Gurre-Lieder. Voice-over quotes some of Schönberg's remarks about the Gurre-Lieder. Shots of photographs of and self-portraits by Schönberg.  
1:28:05 Pierre Boulez talking about Schönberg.  
1:28:47 Cut to film of Boulez's earlier rehearsal with the Youth Orchestra. Short voice-over by narrator about Gurre-Lieder. Selection from Gurre-Lieder.
1:29:41 Pierre Boulez talking about Schönberg. Talks about how Schönberg fits into the cultural foment of pre-World War I Vienna.  
1:30:57 Cut to photographs of and film of Vienna, turn of the century. Gustav Mahler: Scherzo from the Ninth Symphony.
1:31:57 Cut back to Boulez talking. Views of Klimt and Gerstl paintings.  
1:32:57 View of Klimt paintings. Close-ups of an unnamed adult ensemble playing Schönberg's op. 9. Schönberg: Kammersymphonie no. 1 op. 9
1:34:03 View of photograph of Schönberg; voiceover quotes from Schönberg about how his style changed after Gurre-Lieder.  
1:34:13 Cut to a painting of a string quartet playing. Title: "String quartet no. 2, op. 10." View of Gerstl portrait of Schönberg, as well as various portraits by various artists of Webern, Schönberg, Berg, Mahler, shots of Kandinsky's Blaue Reiter Almanac. Voiceover mentions unity of vision shared by painters and musicians at this time. String quartet no. 2
op. 10
1:35:10 Cut back to Boulez, talking about the Blaue Reiter, and Schönberg. Cut back to photograph of Schönberg, with voiceover quoting from Schönberg about art.  
1:36:03 Cut back to Boulez, talking about relationship between Schönberg and Kandinsky. Views of paintings and photo of Kandinsky.  
1:36:58 Cut to chamber orchestra performing the first of Schönberg's Fünf Orchesterstücke, op. 16, no. 1. Titles: "Five orchestral Pieces, op. 16: no. 1 "Premonitions". Intercut with views of Kandinsky paintings. Fünf Orchesterstücke, op. 16, no. 1 "Premonitions" (1909)
1:37:58 Views of paintings by Schönberg; narration notes that Schönberg began to paint at this time. Views of paintings by Gerstl.  
1:38:43 Cut to film of Erwartung; intercut with painting of a woman's face. Erwartung, op. 17
1:39:22 Cut to Boulez talking about Erwartung.  
1:40:10 Cut back to film of Erwartung, woman running through forest. English subtitles. Cut to painting of conductor and orchestra in concert. Erwartung, op. 17
1:41:57     Cut to Boulez talking about influence of the cabaret on Schönberg's music. Period photographs shown of people in cabaret, music strikes up in the background. Brettl-Lieder
1:43:15 Cut to film of performance of Pierrot Lunaire. Title: "Pierrot Lunaire op. 21, no. 18 Moondust". Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21, no. 18: "Moondust"
1:44:00 Cut back to youth orchestra rehearsing the Gurre-Lieder. Voiceover of Berkeley interviewing Boulez; eventually cut back to Boulez talking. Photos of Schönberg at blackboard, walking with students. Cut back to Boulez rehearsing. Voiceover, then cut back and forth between Boulez talking about youth orchestra, then rehearsing with the orchestra. Gurre-Lieder
1:50:46 Cut back to Berkeley and audience at Royal Albert Hall. He gives synopsis of plot events in Part II. Song of the Peasant sung by John Bröckle[?], Jester sung by Kenneth Riegel. Speaker: Gerd Lienhardt[?].  
1:53:11 Performers take the stage.  
1:54:18 Music begins. Introduction to Part II. Gurre-Lieder, Part II
1:55:47 Waldemar: "Herrgott, weißt Du, was Du tatest" Song 1.
1:59:36 Part III: "Die wilde Jagd". Waldemar: "Erwacht, König Waldemars Mannen wert! Gurre-Lieder, Part III, Song 1
2:02:41 Peasant: "Deckel des Sarges klappert und klappt" Song 2.
2:05:47 Waldemar's Men: "Gegrüßt, o König!" Song 3.
2:10:20 Waldemar: "Mit Toves Stimme flüstert der Wald" Song 4.
2:13:43 Klaus-Narr: "Ein seltsamer Vogel ist so'n Aal" Song 5.
2:19:50 Waldemar: "Du strenger Richter droben" Song 6.
2:22:00 Waldemar's Men: "Der Hahn erhebt den Kopf zur Kraht" Song 7.
2:28:08 Melodrama: "Des Sommerwindes wilde Jagd" Song 8.
2:30:57 Speaker: "Herr Gänsefuß, Frau Gänsekraut" Song 9.
2:36:40 Chorus: "Seht die Sonne" Song 10.
2:41:45 End of performance. Applause. Bows. Bouquets.  
2:46:52 End of program.  
2:46:53 New program. Title: "Arnold Schönberg. Drei Stücke für Kammerorchester (1910)". Film of an ensemble performing these works, Claudio Abbado conducting; Schönberg Ensemble? Taped from television, but no indication of where. 3 kleine Orchesterstücke
2:49:41 End of program. Rest of tape not relevant.  

Cast for Gurre-Lieder

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, Brighton Festival Chorus, Royal Choral Society, Philharmonia Chorus men's voices
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Waldemar: Walter Raffeiner
Tove: Jessye Norman
The Wood Dove: Elizabeth Lawrence
The Peasant: John Bröckle
The Jester: Kenneth Riegel
The Speaker: Gerd Lienhardt
Introduced by: Michael Berkeley
Interval Film: "The Years in Between"
Voice of Schönberg: Mark Strickson
Narrated by Michael Berkeley
Director: Jane Walker