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Henze: Das Floss der Medusa / Nylund, Schone, Eotvos, SWR Sinfonie Orchester


Release Date: 09/13/2019 
Label:  Swr Music   Catalog #: 19082  
Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Peter SchöneCamilla NylundPeter Stein
Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A 2019 New York Times Gift Guide Selection

This is the second release ever of Henzes famous Oratorio, after the release of the general rehearsal for the world's first premiere from 1968 by Deutsche Grammophon. Excellent sound technique, first class singers and orchestra (conducted by none other than Peter Eötvös) as well as a booklet containing detailed liner notes and the libretto contribute in making this album a very important testimony about the music of the 20th century. Henze wrote the Oratorio as a Requiem for Che Guevara and set it to a text by Ernst Schnabel. It tells the story of the French frigate Meduse, which ran aground off the west coast of Africa in 1816, immortalized in the painting of the
Read more same name by Theodore Gericault. The work employs a large orchestra, a speaker, a soprano, a baritone, and choruses. In the course of a performance, the chorus members move from left side of the stage, “the Side of the Living,” to the right side, “the Side of the Dead.”

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REVIEWS:

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An hour-long modernist requiem on the death of Che Guevara featuring a head of snakes, sung/spoken/sprechtimme’d IN GERMAN? Dear, you are so generous. I cannot possibly repay the kindness.

– New York Times 2019 Gift Guide

Anyone who wants to know Henze or know him better would be well-served and enlivened by this one. And it would be a valuable addition to the confirmed Henze fan's library. Recommended.

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Works on This Recording

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Raft of the Medusa by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Peter Schöne (Baritone), Camilla Nylund (Soprano), Peter Stein (Voice)
Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Germany 

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