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Henze: Heliogabalus imperator & Works for Orchestra / Knussen, Karttunen, BBC Symphony


Release Date: 06/14/2019 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 73442  
Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Daniel PailthorpeRichard SimpsonAlison TealeTomoka Mukai,   ... 
Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The relationship between Hans Werner Henze and Oliver Knussen was one of great mutual respect. The German composer admired the British conductor and composer for electrifying performances of Henze’s own and other composers’ works. Knussen was an untiring and enthusiastic champion of his friend Henze’s music. The recordings collected here display Knussen’s deep understanding of Henze’s music. Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in sensitive and meticulous performances of compositions ranging from the composer’s middle period to his last completed work. Los Caprichos transforms the bitterness and sarcasm in Francisco Goya’s famous series of etchings into a tender and melancholy “Fantasia per orchestra” that makes only sparing use of Read more contemporary stylistic devices. The large orchestral work Heliogabalus Imperator – a programmatic depiction of the life and death of the notorious Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus – also provides evidence of Henze’s self-assured and idiosyncratic interpretation of modern music idioms. The Englische Liebeslieder for solo violoncello and orchestra express a wide range of emotional states, which are brought to life by cellist Anssi Karttunen. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Los Caprichos by Hans Werner Henze
Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Germany 
2.
Heliogabalus imperator by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Daniel Pailthorpe (Flute), Richard Simpson (Oboe), Alison Teale (English Horn),
Tomoka Mukai (Alto Flute), Richard Hosford (Clarinet), James Burke (Clarinet),
Katy Ayling (Bass Clarinet), Julie Price (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972, rev. 1986; Germany 
3.
Englische Liebeslieder for Cello and Orchestra by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Anssi Karttunen (Cello)
Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; Germany 
4.
Ouvertüre zu einem Theater by Hans Werner Henze
Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012; Germany 

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