Henze - Heliogabalus Imperator: Works for Orchestra
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Cat No: WER73442
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd June 2019
WorksEnglische Liebeslieder for cello and orchestra
Heliogabalus Imperator: Allegoria per musica
Los Caprichos: Fantasia per orchestra
Ouverture zu einem Theater for orchestra
ArtistsAnssi Karttunen (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
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 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.
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