Hans Werner Henze: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 9, Barcarola, Three Auden Songs

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
If any admirers of the great German late-modernist composer Hans Werner Henze missed the performances on these two discs when they were first released in 1992 and 1997, they should by all means try this EMI set. The first disc features Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing Henze's magnificently tragic "Barcarola" and his dramatic "Symphony No. 7." Rattle brings both manic energy and iron control to the music and the Birmingham musicians respond with the kind of expressive fervor usually reserved for Mahler or Bruckner. And the second disc featuring Ingo Metzmacher leading the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunchor Berlin in Henze's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
If any admirers of the great German late-modernist composer Hans Werner Henze missed the performances on these two discs when they were first released in 1992 and 1997, they should by all means try this EMI set. The first disc features Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing Henze's magnificently tragic "Barcarola" and his dramatic "Symphony No. 7." Rattle brings both manic energy and iron control to the music and the Birmingham musicians respond with the kind of expressive fervor usually reserved for Mahler or Bruckner. And the second disc featuring Ingo Metzmacher leading the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunchor Berlin in Henze's emotionally wrenching "Ninth Symphony" is even better. The work itself is a kind of negative Beethoven "Ninth," a choral symphony evoking not the joyous dreams of heavenly Elysium but the nightmare horrors of Nazi hell that wins through to enigmatic escape in its seventh and final movement. Metzmacher and his Berlin musicians perform with exemplary virtuosity and dedication, and it's hard to imagine how a performance of this work could possibly be more intense and effective than this one. In every case, EMI's digital recordings are wide, deep, and true, and the addition of the Henze's lyrical "Three Auden Songs" performed by tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Julius Drake will serve to remind listeners that Henze is one of the supreme lieder composers of our time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099923760127
  • Catalog Number: 37601
  • Sales rank: 111,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Barcarola, for orchestra - Hans Werner Henze & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (21:30)
  2. 2–5 Symphony No. 7 - Hans Werner Henze & City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (38:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1–7 Symphony No. 9, for chorus & orchestra - Hans Werner Henze & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (53:34)
  2. 8–10 Auden Songs (3), for tenor & piano - Hans Werner Henze & Wystan Hugh Auden (10:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ingo Metzmacher Primary Artist
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