HANS WERNER HENZE (1926-2012): Nachtstücke und Arien (Juliane Banse [soprano]), Los Capriccios, Englische Liebeslieder for Cello and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 01X049
Description: Henze was initially an avant-garde composer but Nachtstücke und Arien of 1957 symbolized his departure from dodecaphonic writing, to the annoyance of his contemporaries Boulez, Nono and Stockhausen at Darmstadt. With this new direction Henze’s music became highly rhapsodic, as heard in the challenging but lyrical solo cello that suggests the intimate texts of the Englische Liebeslieder (1984-85). Referring to Goya, 1963’s Los Caprichos captures the strangeness of this artist’s visions with long-breathed melodic lines and fleeting changes of texture, from military-sounding bustle to moments of profound stillness. German-English texts. Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop.