Includes FREE MP3
version
of this album.
or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Available to Download Now
 
Buy the MP3 album for £7.49
 
 
 
 
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

Henze - Symphony No 8 [CD]

Hans Werner Henze , Markus Stenz , Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra , Claudia Barainsky Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: £13.07 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Does not apply to gift orders. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 25 April? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Cloud Player. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
Buy the MP3 album for £7.49 at the Amazon MP3 Downloads store.


Frequently Bought Together

Henze - Symphony No 8 + Henze: Symphonies Nos.7 & 9 - Barcarola per Grande Orchestra; Three Auden Songs
Price For Both: £23.06

Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product details

  • Orchestra: Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Composer: Hans Werner Henze
  • Audio CD (30 Jun 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Phoenix
  • ASIN: B001AMM3C0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Symphonie n°8 - Nachtstücke und Arien - Adagio, Fugue & Mänadentanz de Die Bassariden / Claudia Barainsky, soprano - Orchestre du Gürzenich de Cologne- Markus Stenz, direction

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modernist masterworks 17 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
One of the reasons I so admire Hans Werner Henze is that he is one of the least dogmatic of postwar composers. As fiercely modern as any of his contemporaries (i.e., Boulez, Nono), Henze has never succumbed to rote formulas, nor been afraid to embrace lush tonalities and textures. The three orchestral works on this disc provide ample evidence of his chameleon-like ability to synthesize seemingly disparate movements (neo-classicism, twelve-tone technique, serialism) into beguiling musical tapestries uniquely his own. First up is Henze's "Adagio, Fuge and Mänadentanz," a musical suite based on his opera "Die Bassariden," in which Henze wields massed symphonic forces to stunning effect. Extended string passages full of dark expressionistic corners are contrasted with moments of violent uplift that tread a fine line between dissonance and tonality. Breathtaking stuff. "Nachtstücke und Arien" (Nocturnes and Arias) is another highly atmospheric work, a four-movement suite comprised of instrumental and vocal pieces. The nocturnes are lush tone poems imbued with a nervous and at times aggressive lyricism. The arias, gloriously interpreted by soprano Claudia Barainsky, are unashamedly romantic in their evocation of longing and loss. Henze indulges his taste for grand theatrical effects in his "Sinfonia No. 8" (fittingly, as it's inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream). Furiously paced, densely textured and darkly eloquent, the piece can be seen as an encapsulation of Henze's all-inclusive aesthetic. The music projects an almost overpowering scope that doesn't, however, inhibit its staggering range of emotional expression.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars No liner notes, not even a track listing 25 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
Musically good even if Henze's 8th is a slight thing compared to his 9th (!) or 7th. BUT. No liner notes or track listing, just a cover insert which is blank on the reverse. Which is a poor show.

PS the version I have is the SACD which amazon sell here

Symphony No 8 Hans Werner Henze
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modernist masterworks 17 Oct 2008
By Dean R. Brierly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the reasons I so admire Hans Werner Henze is that he is one of the least dogmatic of postwar composers. As fiercely modern as any of his contemporaries (i.e., Boulez, Nono), Henze has never succumbed to rote formulas, nor been afraid to embrace lush tonalities and textures. The three orchestral works on this disc provide ample evidence of his chameleon-like ability to synthesize seemingly disparate movements (neo-classicism, twelve-tone technique, serialism) into beguiling musical tapestries uniquely his own. First up is Henze's "Adagio, Fuge and Mänadentanz," a musical suite based on his opera "Die Bassariden," in which Henze wields massed symphonic forces to stunning effect. Extended string passages full of dark expressionistic corners are contrasted with moments of violent uplift that tread a fine line between dissonance and tonality. Breathtaking stuff. "Nachtstücke und Arien" (Nocturnes and Arias) is another highly atmospheric work, a four-movement suite comprised of instrumental and vocal pieces. The nocturnes are lush tone poems imbued with a nervous and at times aggressive lyricism. The arias, gloriously interpreted by soprano Claudia Barainsky, are unashamedly romantic in their evocation of longing and loss. Henze indulges his taste for grand theatrical effects in his "Sinfonia No. 8" (fittingly, as it's inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream). Furiously paced, densely textured and darkly eloquent, the piece can be seen as an encapsulation of Henze's all-inclusive aesthetic. The music projects an almost overpowering scope that doesn't, however, inhibit its staggering range of emotional expression.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great orchestral Henze! 19 Jan 2009
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The immediate appeal of this disc (which mysteriously appeared on Capriccio, then vanished only to reappear as a Phoenix Editions release...) was the Symphony No. 8. I had heard both the Symphony No. 7, one of Henze's masterpieces, and the elusive Symphony No. 9 for mixed choir and orchestra (a 1998 EMI release which seemed to immediately become unavailable), "dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of German anti-fascism," also fantastic (both are now available on this EMI 20th Century Classics 2-disc set, so of course the first recording of the 8th was a must. But while excellent, it turns out that it is surpassed by the other orchestral works here. All three are performed by the Gurzenich-Orchester Koln, led by Markus Steinz.

The first piece is an orchestral suite from one of Henze's most acclaimed operas, Die Bassariden, first performed in 1966. Henze only created this suite recently -- it was first performed in 2005 in Hamburg. The symphonic sweep partly reflects the fact that "Die Bassariden" has a four-movement symphonic structure, but much of the energy of course carries the dramatic arch of the story, the conflict between reason and emotion embodied in the fight between the ascetic King Pentheus of Thebes and the god Dionysus and his followers.

Perhaps the best of the three pieces is "Nachtstucke und Arien," (Night Pieces and Arias), which features the stunning soprano of Claudia Barainsky in the second and fourth movements. The lyrics include the line "the earth does not wish to carry a mushroom of smoke," a statement against nuclear weapons and war. At its premiere on October 20, 1957 at the Donaueschingen Festival, Henze's ostensible comrades of the avant-garde Boulez, Stockhausen and Nono walked out as soon as the lyrical and partially tonal (!!!) piece began.

Symphony No. 8 sets to three movements Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." As you might expect, it is a lighter work than Symphonies 7 and 9, full of impish energy. Delightful if you're in the mood, it showcases Henze's facility with musical form that runs all the way back to Haydn and Mozart, and is certainly nothing likely to alienate those fearful of 20th century music.

In the liner notes (by Thomas Schulz) we find these quotes from Henze: "From the start, I had this ardent desire for a full and wild melodiousness." "I'm interested in music to reproduce moods, atmospheres, states of being. I don't want any completely wrapped up packets of music." Henze left Germany in 1953, at 27, for Italy, where he has lived ever since. He said he chose to "live and work independently of other people's decrees and dogmas." So he uses chromaticism or tonality as he sees fit, he knows his way around a 12-tone row but does not use them exclusively, he sees himself as combining north German polyphony and Italian lyricism (to paraphrase another well-known quote).

This is a great disc, a perfect introduction to Hans Werner Henze for the curious, and an important addition to his discography for admirers of his work. Clearly one of the great living composers, and one who should be more widely heard here in America!
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa4db5fc0)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback