HANS WERNER HENZE (1926-2012): Kammermusik 1958 for Tenor, Guitar and 8 Solo Instruments (Clemens C. Löschmann [tenor], Maximilian Mangold [guitar]), Apollo et Hyacinthus for Harpsichord, Alto and 8 Solo Instruments (Jan Croonenbroeck [harpsichord], Nicole Pieper [alto]), Canzona for 7 Instruments.
Catalogue Number: 11O074
Reference: WER 6746 2
Description: Composed in the year of its title (obviously), the 48-minute Kammermusik sets a text by the insane German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin, and was Henze's affirmation, in the face of snubs by Nono, Boulez and Stockhausen, that he was going to continue to write music with motivic development, reference to tradition and quasi-romantic expressive gestures. There are 13 parts, of which three are tenor/guitar, three are tenor/ensemble, three are Tentos for solo guitar and four are for the instruments of the octet; all but the tenor/ensemble portions can be performed separately (so you may have portions of Kammermusik in your collection under other titles). The 18-minute Apollo is a 12-tone work of 1948/9 whose neo-baroque instrumentation cloaks the young composer's then-confessional adoption of the new dominant compositional technique while the 1982 Canzona, using music from his opera The English Cat, suggests Renaissance and baroque consort music. German texts. Ensemble Horizonte; Jörg-Peter Mittmann.