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Hans Werner Henze: In lieblicher Bläue - musik for ensemble / Ensemble Horizonte; Mittmann

Album Summary

>Henze, Hans Werner : Kammermusik 1958, for tenor, guitar & 8 solo instruments
>Henze, Hans Werner : Apollo et Hyazinthus, "improvisations" for alto & chamber ensemble
>Henze, Hans Werner : Canzona, for for oboe, piano, harp, 3 violins & cello (on material from opera "The English Cat")
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Hans Werner Henze has always had a strong connection to literature, most particularly Friedrich Hölderlin and Georg Trakl - poets that represent individuality, complexity, the sensitive exploration of feeling and vulnerability to the utmost degree. For a long time, the late works by Hölderlin had been labeled as products of the madness of the last decades of his life. The text of his soaring hymn In lieblicher Bläue was set by Henze in his Kammermusik 1958. The twelve-tone work Apollo et Hyazinthus is based upon poetry by Trakl. The work exists in a rarified space between chamber music, symphonic poem, harpsichord concerto and orchestral song. Both the title and the music of Henze's septet Canzona per sette strumenti is reminiscent of the 16th and 17th centuries. This fascinating sampler of Henze's music is performed by the Ensemble Horizonte under the direction of Jörg-Peter Mittmann.

The Guardian, November 2012
In the week of Hans Werner Henze's death, a disc that ranges across more than three decades of his composing career is a timely tribute...it's Kammermusik 1958, the 50-minute setting of Hölderlin, which Henze dedicated to Britten, that is most interesting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sendesaal Bremen (10/24/2011-10/28/2011).



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Works Details

>Henze, Hans Werner : Kammermusik 1958, for tenor, guitar & 8 solo instruments
  • Performers: Maximilian Mangold (Guitar); Clemens Loschmann
  • Conductor: Jorg-Peter Mittmann
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Horizonte
  • Running Time: 46 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Henze, Hans Werner : Apollo et Hyazinthus, "improvisations" for alto & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Jan Croonenbroeck (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Jorg-Peter Mittmann
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Horizonte
  • Running Time: 18 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948-1949

>Henze, Hans Werner : Canzona, for for oboe, piano, harp, 3 violins & cello (on material from opera "The English Cat")
  • Conductor: Jorg-Peter Mittmann
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Horizonte
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982