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    Default SS 24.11.18 - Henze #7

    A continuation of the Saturday Symphonies Tradition:

    Welcome to another weekend of symphonic listening!

    For your listening pleasure this weekend:

    Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)

    Symphony No. 7

    1. Tanz - Lebhaft und beseelt
    2. Ruhig bewegt
    3. Unablässig in Bewegung
    4. Ruhig, verhalten

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    Post what recording you are going to listen to giving details of Orchestra / Conductor / Chorus / Soloists etc - Enjoy!
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    After Black Friday comes Black Saturday and it's symphony. We have not done any Henze symphonies yet, so I picked first one. You can find symphony #7 from youtube, spotify etc. I will listen this one:

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    Never heard this before and so will give this version a go via Spotify
    Listen to me when I'm talking to you boy!

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    I like this symphony - one of his more expansive and, dare I say, conventional symphonies insofar as it has a four-movement structure and can be described as about as close to absolute music in the old Austro-Germanic tradition Henze had got up until then - of his previous symphonies nos.1 and 2 were compact three-movement works, no.3 employed dance elements, nos. 4 and 5 incorporated material from stage works and no.6 was politically-motivated.

    Rattle/CBSO for me (and the fill-up's good, too).

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    I had grabbed this double disc of Henze works some time ago but only listened occasionally. It's the same Rattle performance with Birmingham -- an eclectic composer that deserves more attention.


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    Haven't listened to any Henze in a while. I have all his symphonies including the 7 & 9 set pictured above.
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    Havent got this one so listened to Rattle and the CBSO on youtube. Not bad.


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    I listened to the Marek Janowski recording. This is one of those pieces that, while obviously done by an accomplished composer, I find unpleasant to listen to. But thanks for the pick Mika to keep Saturday Symphony going.
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    Mmmm, no. Not this week, thank you.


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    I prefer his earlier symphonies. They are not of the violent nature of his later work. There was a nice two disc set of nos. 1-6 on Brilliant Classics. These are nothing like the last four.
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    One of my favorite orchestral works of the last 50 years!

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