Hans Werner Henze: Symphonie No. 8; Nachtstücke und Arian; Die Bassariden

Hans Werner Henze: Symphonie No. 8; Nachtstücke und Arian; Die Bassariden

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by Markus Stenz
     
 

Why there has not been a recording of Hans Werner Henze's 1993 "Eighth Symphony" before this 2004 recording is anyone's guess. The work is a masterfully scored, brilliantly evocative, and astoundingly beautiful three-movement piece based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. And yet this performance with Markus Stenz leadingSee more details below

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Why there has not been a recording of Hans Werner Henze's 1993 "Eighth Symphony" before this 2004 recording is anyone's guess. The work is a masterfully scored, brilliantly evocative, and astoundingly beautiful three-movement piece based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. And yet this performance with Markus Stenz leading the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is its first and only recording. Thankfully, it is an outstanding release in every way. Stenz clearly understands Henze's skillful blending of expressive lyricism and almost but not quiet atonal harmonies, and he forges them into a cogent and compelling whole. The highly polished and tremendously virtuosic Gürzenich-Orchester Köln plays Henze's demanding music with ease and there's no question of its dedication. Generously coupled with only the second recording of his "Nachtstücke und Arien" (here with soprano Claudia Barainsky) and the first recording of the orchestral suite from his opera "Die Bassariden," this disc ought to be mandatory listening for anyone interested in postwar European music. Phoenix Edition's digital sound is clean, but too recessed to let all the details of the scores come through.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2008
Label:
Phoenix Edition
UPC:
0811691011134
catalogNumber:
113
Rank:
82154

Tracks

  1. Adagio, Fugue and Mänadentanz, suite from the opera "The Bassarids"  - Hans Werner Henze  -  Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne  - Markus Stenz  - Artur Bodenstein  - Artur Bodenstein
  2. Nachstücke und Arien, for soprano & orchestra  - Hans Werner Henze  -  Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne  - Markus Stenz  - Claudia Barainsky  - Artur Bodenstein  - Artur Bodenstein  - Ingeborg Bachmann
  3. Symphony No. 8  - Hans Werner Henze  -  Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne  - Markus Stenz  - Artur Bodenstein  - Artur Bodenstein

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