Alan Gilbert © Marco Borggreve/NDR
Alan Gilbert © Marco Borggreve/NDR
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester | Choirs | Alan Gilbert | Soloists


Introduction to the Concert
with Malte Lohmann (KKL Luzern, Auditorium, in German)

Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)
Gurre-Lieder for soloists, choir, and orchestra

Intermission at c. 19:35
The concert is expected to end at 21:00 


The Summer Festival closes with a powerful hymn to the wonders of a nature that is constantly emerging and passing away: with Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, a work that addresses nothing less than the mystery of eternal life. Around 300 performers — six soloists, three choirs, and the large NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Alan Gilbert — will tell Jens Peter Jacobsen’s tragic story of King Waldemar and his lover Tove, who is murdered by the jealous queen. Schoenberg worked for almost ten years on this enormous score, which speaks an entirely late-Romantic musical language and ends with a triumphant sunrise. But even here, curiosity drove him to undertake fascinating experiments, such as Expressionist melodrama in which the vocal part is not sung but performed as Sprechgesang: here, by the famous baritone Thomas Quasthoff, who actually retired from his singing career in 2012. At the world premiere of Gurre-Lieder in 1913, the Viennese audience cheered Schoenberg frenetically. But he took no satisfaction, remarking: “I foresaw that this success would have no influence on the fate of my later works.” You should celebrate the good things when they happen.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

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  • Cloakroom

    There are coat checkrooms not only in the basement, but also on the 2nd and 4th floors. Handbags up to a size of 42 x 29.7 x 29.7 cm (A3) may be taken into the concert hall. All larger bags and luggage as well as other bulky items must be checked for a fee of CHF 5.00 per item. For security reasons, coats and jackets may also not be taken into the concert hall and can be left at the checkroom free of charge.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The main concert hall of the KKL Lucerne has six wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity.

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  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The main KKL Concert Hall opens 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert. For the sake of the musicians and the audience, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission or at the discretion of the Concert Hall staff. In certain instances concerts will have no intermission and allow no latecomers.

    If the concert is missed on account of late arrival, tickets will not be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism