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Henze: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 3; Five Night Pieces

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Although not for every violin devotee, this disc of Hans Werner Henze?s First and Third Violin Concertos plus his F?nf Nachtst?cke for violin and piano will thrill those for whom the anguished Alban Berg and mournful Karl Amadeus Hartmann?s concertos are the sin qua non of 20th century works in the genre. The First Concerto of 1946 was the 20 year old composer?s first ?adult? work but it?s maturity of expression and strength of purpose belies Henze?s lack of experience. The Third Concerto of 1997 was 71 year old composer?s long-considered judgment on his native Germany but it?s intensity of expression and depth of passion belies Henze?s long self-imposed exile from his ...
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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Although not for every violin devotee, this disc of Hans Werner Henze’s First and Third Violin Concertos plus his Fünf Nachtstücke for violin and piano will thrill those for whom the anguished Alban Berg and mournful Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s concertos are the sin qua non of 20th century works in the genre. The First Concerto of 1946 was the 20 year old composer’s first ‘adult’ work but it’s maturity of expression and strength of purpose belies Henze’s lack of experience. The Third Concerto of 1997 was 71 year old composer’s long-considered judgment on his native Germany but it’s intensity of expression and depth of passion belies Henze’s long self-imposed exile from his native county. As played here by violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved, both works receive ardently lyrical, fervently dramatic and completely committed performances. Christopher Lyndon-Gee leads the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra is wholly sympathetic accompaniement that go beyond professional duty to personal dedication. In the Fünf Nachtstücke, pianist Aaron Shorr is less an accompanist than a full partner in a performance of startling immediacy. Recorded by the Saarbrücken Radio, Naxos’ sound is big, deep and colorful.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
Although not for every violin devotee, this disc of Hans Werner Henze's "First" and "Third" violin concertos plus his "Fünf Nachtstücke" for violin and piano will thrill those for whom the anguished Alban Berg and mournful Karl Amadeus Hartmann's concertos are the sin qua non of twentieth century works in the genre. The "First Concerto" of 1946 was the 20-year-old composer's first "adult" work, but its maturity of expression and strength of purpose belie Henze's lack of experience. The "Third Concerto" of 1997 was the 71-year-old composer's long-considered judgment on his native Germany, but its intensity of expression and depth of passion belie Henze's long self-imposed exile from his native county. As played here by violinist Petter Sheppard Skaerved, both works receive ardently lyrical, fervently dramatic, and completely committed performances. Christopher Lyndon-Gee leads the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra in wholly sympathetic accompaniment that goes beyond professional duty to personal dedication. In the "Fünf Nachtstücke," pianist Aaron Shorr is less an accompanist than a full partner in a performance of startling immediacy. Recorded by Saarbrücken Radio, Naxos' sound is big, deep, and colorful.
New York Times - Anne Midgette
Peter Sheppard Skaerved, a new-music specialist, clearly responds to the music’s communicative desires; it now has a conversational tone, now sings with the breathiness of a very human voice.
Dallas Morning News - Scott Cantrell
[Grade: A-] Compellingly played here...[the First Concerto] is a piece well worth a place in the concert-hall repertory.... Recorded sound is superb throughout.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, a new-music specialist, clearly responds to the music’s communicative desires; it now has a conversational tone, now sings with the breathiness of a very human voice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313273829
  • Catalog Number: 8557738
  • Sales rank: 252,407

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Violin Concerto No.1 - Hans Werner Henze & Christopher Lyndon-Gee (27:01)
  2. 5–7 Violin Concerto No.3 - Hans Werner Henze & Christopher Lyndon-Gee (33:17)
  3. 8–12 Fünf Nachtstücke for violin & piano - Hans Werner Henze & Peter Sheppard Skærved (9:04)
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Peter Sheppard Skærved Primary Artist
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