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Henze: Nachtstucke und Arien / Alsop, VRSO

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Hans Werner Henze was initially an avant-garde composer but Nachtstücke und Arien symbolised 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. Referring to Goya, 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. Marin Alsop is chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she leads at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and on recordings, broadcasts and tours. Her discography includes acclaimed Naxos recordings of symphonies by Brahms with the London Philharmonic, Dvořák with the Baltimore Symphony, and Prokofiev with the São Paulo Symphony. The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop received the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and was the first woman to conduct the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. She is director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Institute and holds honorary doctorates from Yale University and The Juilliard School.


Hans Werner Henze's rigorously constructed and orchestrated works require careful and well-prepared performances, and that’s just what they get here from conductor Marin Alsop and the Vienna Radio Symphony. This might, in fact, make a good initial Henze album, for it leads the listener into his music in a logical way. All three pieces respond to extramusical models in different ways. He is not everybody’s cup of tea, but this release realizes his ideas exceptionally well.

-- AllMusic.com (James Manheim)

Product Description:

  • Release Date: January 14, 2022

  • Catalog Number: 8574181

  • UPC: 747313418176

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Hans Werner Henze

  • Conductor: Marin Alsop

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Narek Hakhnazaryan


  1. Nachtstücke und Arien

    Composer: Hans Werner Henze

    Ensemble: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

    Performer: Juliane Banse (Soprano)

    Conductor: Marin Alsop

  2. Los caprichos

    Composer: Hans Werner Henze

    Ensemble: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

    Conductor: Marin Alsop

  3. Englische Liebeslieder

    Composer: Hans Werner Henze

    Ensemble: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

    Performer: NarekHakhnazaryan (Cello)

    Conductor: Marin Alsop