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Contemporary Music

wed 1 jul 2020 20:00 

Hans Werner Henze.

Today Hans Werner would have been 94 years of age. This composer was overshadow by others for a long time. His music wasn’t modern enough for the avant-garde, and not accessible enough for the minimalists. He composed largely atonal, but always melodic music with often a romantic character, in the spirit of Berg and Hartmann. In that way he was ahead of the new German school round Wolfgang Rihm.

Playlist:

Hans Werner Henze.

  • Undine. the London Sinfonietta conducted by Oliver Knussen.
  • The second part from the 6th symphony by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.
  • Two parts from the 7th symphony by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orch. Conducted by Simon Rattle
  • Three Auden Songs. Ian Bostridge, tenor; Julius Drake, piano.
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