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Henze: Chamber Music Vol 2 / Ensemble Villa Musica

Album Summary

>Henze, Hans Werner : New Folksongs and Herdsmen Songs, for bassoon, guitar & string trio (from musical play "Oedipus der
>Henze, Hans Werner : Der junge Torless, for string sextet (arrangement of "Fantasia")
>Henze, Hans Werner : Carillon, Recitatif, Masque, for guitar, mandolin & harp
>Henze, Hans Werner : Selbst- und Zweigesprache, trio for viola, guitar & keyboard
>Henze, Hans Werner : L'autunno, for 5 wind instruments
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

" MDG's beautifully recorded collection of Henze's chamber music displays the postmodern Henze in a flattering light. At the leading edge of the program is his Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge, a suite of artificial pastoral songs in the Styrian (Southeast Austrian) style, with a bassoonist playing the vocalist to the accompaniment of a guitar and string trio. The piece began its life as incidental music to an antifascist amateur-theater piece; likewise, Henze's Junger Törliss originated as a film score for Renaissance instruments. All of the works here-mostly for small and unusual ensembles-bear this kind of connection to their own past and to Henze's beloved world of the verbal and visual arts. Carillon, Récitatif, Masque for mandolin, guitar, and harp was commissioned by English television to accompany pre-broadcast stills in the morning; the fado-inflected Selbst- und Zwiegespräche for viola, guitar, and portatif, started as a score to a Portuguese film. Only L'autunno, a wind quintet, was originally conceived as a concert piece, but even this falls under the rubric of what Henze calls "psychopolyphony", a way of conceptualizing chamber music as a dialectical interaction of psychological states. (The spectres of Schoenberg and Carter, of course, are clearly in the room here.) MDG styles itself an audiophile label, and they do not disappoint -not only are the performances exquisite, but they are gorgeously recorded in the natural, unprocessed sound of great-sounding concert halls." -ARG



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Works Details

>Henze, Hans Werner : New Folksongs and Herdsmen Songs, for bassoon, guitar & string trio (from musical play "Öedipus der
  • Performers: Enrique Santiago (Viola); Ulrike-Anima Mathe (Violin); Jürgen Ruck (Guitar); Dag Jensen (Bassoon); Rudolf Gleissner (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1996

>Henze, Hans Werner : Der junge Törless, for string sextet (arrangement of "Fantasia")
  • Performers: Jing Wen (Violin); Eszter Hoffner (Viola); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Enrique Santiago (Viola); Eivis Gaga (Violin); Nicolas Chumachenco (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Henze, Hans Werner : Carillon, Récitatif, Masque, for guitar, mandolin & harp
  • Performers: Ellen Wegner (Harp); Jürgen Ruck (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Henze, Hans Werner : Selbst- und Zweigespräche, trio for viola, guitar & keyboard
  • Performers: Enrique Santiago (Viola); Jürgen Ruck (Guitar); Ludger Lohmann (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Henze, Hans Werner : L'autunno, for 5 wind instruments
  • Performers: Jean-Claude Gérard (Piccolo); Jean-Claude Gérard (Flute); Ulf Rodenhäuser (Clarinet); Ingo Goritzki (Oboe d'amore); Ingo Goritzki (Oboe); Dag Jensen (Contrabassoon); Dag Jensen (Bassoon); Frank Lloyd (Horn)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Villa Musica
  • Running Time: 27 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977