Classical music

Philharmonia Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen: Gurrelieder

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

The Philharmonia performs Schoenberg's operatic tale of love and jealousy, Gurrelieder with Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Schoenberg’s epic masterpiece is scored for soloists, chorus and huge orchestral forces, including a part for iron chains.

The composer found inspiration for his `songs of Gurre’ in a Danish dramatic poem which tells of the legendary King Waldemar and his love for Tove, the murderous jealousy of Queen Helwig, Waldemar’s condemnation and ghostly night rides, and a final spiritual reconciliation through the healing powers of nature.

Salonen conducts a full concert performance of this work, which he released with the Philharmonia in 2009, to great acclaim.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Alwyn Mellor soprano
Michelle DeYoung mezzo-soprano
Robert Dean Smith tenor
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke tenor
David Soar bass
Barbara Sukowa speaker
Philharmonia Voices
Royal Academy of Music Chorus
Royal College of Music Chorus
Guildhall School of Music & Drama Chorus
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance Choir


Schoenberg: Gurrelieder

Dates & times

28 Jun 2018
Approximate run time: 115 mins (no interval)
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£11 - £55
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

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Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6pm, pre-concert talk. A talk by writer and broadcaster Gavin Plumley on Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. Admission free.

Book multiple Philharmonia Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.

3 – 5 events (10% discount)
6 – 8 events (15% discount)
9 – 11 events (20% discount)
12 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)

These discounts are not available on Premium seats or for the following concerts: Christmas Classics (10 Dec 2017) and December Carols at Christmas (14 Dec 2017).