Henze: Symphonies no 7 and 8 / Janowski, Berlin Radio SO

Album Summary

>Henze, Hans Werner : Symphony no 7
>Henze, Hans Werner : Symphony no 8
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The symphony has been declared dead countless times over the past century. Nevertheless, Hans Werner Henze has sought all his life to come to terms with symphonic form. On the occasion of the premiere of his 'Symphony No. 8' Henze said, "I do not allow myself to be deterred from writing symphonies. I lay claim to this venue for addressing a large public in music, created especially for messages that go beyond the private. I won't let anyone steal it from me, even if modern cultural philosophy has declared this form dead - and perhaps precisely because it has." Whereas his 'Symphony No. 7' - which Henze says, "is the one that comes closest to the model of the classical symphony" - has a strong relation to Friedrich Holderlin's life and torment, his eighth is a symphony based on Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. Henze describes the work as, "very light on its feet and rich in melody."



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Works Details

>Henze, Hans Werner : Symphony no 7
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (02/07/2007-02/09/2007)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1983-1984

>Henze, Hans Werner : Symphony no 8
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (11/15/2006-11/17/2006)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1992-1993