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Henze: Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesange & Kammermusik / Harding, Scharoun Ensemble


Release Date: 07/14/2017 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7198  
Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Jürgen RuckAndrew Staples
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kammermusik 1958'': for tenor, guitar and eight solo instruments, on the hymn ''In lovely business'' by Friedrich Holderlin, is one of Hans Werner Henze's most scintillating creations. Featuring a wide-ranging tenor part, a virtuosic solo guitar and brilliant contributions by the instruments Schubert chose for his great Octet, this masterpiece imaginatively confronts the mannered style of the Darmstadt school. In ''lovely blueness'' the emphasis is on ''blueness'' - but not only when lovely. The Mediterranean light and the nostalgia for Greek Antiquity give this music a special place in the composer's output: to the element of euphony, of consonance in its widest sense are added grittier sounds and sharper contrasts, as befits the hymn's Read more heavily symbolic content. - ''The idea for 'Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesange' is closely linked to my activity as cultural animator during the Eighties in the Steiermark. At the time I had made a nice collection of sketches on Styrian folklore and composed songs for an amateur play. From this material I have now assembled this small chamber music in folksong style, hoping to capture some of the atmosphere, of the mood of this melancholy landscape, like a dream or a painful memory''. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Neue Volkslieder und Hirtengesänge by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Jürgen Ruck (Guitar)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
2.
Kammermusik 1958 by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Jürgen Ruck (Guitar), Andrew Staples (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Harding
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 

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