Henze - Symphonies No.7 & No.8 | Wergo WER67212

Henze - Symphonies No.7 & No.8


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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER67212

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th October 2008



Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin


Marek Janowski


Henze, Hans Werner

Symphony no.7
Symphony no.8


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin


Marek Janowski


The symphony has been declared dead countless times over the past century. Nevertheless, Hans Werner Henze sought all his life to come to terms with symphonic form. On the occasion of his Symphony No.8, he said: "I do not allow myself to be deterred from writing symphonies. I lay claim to this venue for addressing a large public in music, created especially for messages that go beyond the private. I won't let anyone steal it from me, even if modern cultural philosophy has declared this form dead-and perhaps precisely because it has."

Whereas his Symphony No.7is the one that comes closest to the model of the classical symphony", and has a strong relation to Friedrich Hölderlin's life and torment, his Symphony No.8 is a symphony based on Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, "very light on its feet and rich in melody" (Henze).

Symphony No.7 has been recorded before but only excerpts of Symphony No.8 (on DVD by Simon Rattle with the CBSO).

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