HANS WERNER HENZE (b.1926): El Cimarrón.
Catalogue Number: 06I124
Reference: STR 33733
Description: In common with much of Henze's output from the 1970s, El Cimarrón has an explicit political message, and an urgent dramatic narrative style in which to convey it. Always concerned with issues of political repression and the striving for freedom of the individual, Henze's vocal cycle - more dramatized music theatre than 'song cycle' in the conventional sense - covers issues of revolution and slavery, especially in south America and the Caribbean (the title is the name given to escaped slaves in Haiti and elsewhere). Musically spare and relying on the expressive capabilities of the bass soloist (with a huge vocal range, sprechstimme and an actor's declamatory presentation taken for granted) as much as the percussion effects and angular, uncomfortable flute and guitar lines, the piece is a compelling piece of storytelling (or polemicising, depending on your point of view). German-Italian texts. Nicholas Isherwood (bass), Magnus Andersson (guitar), Mario Caroli (flute), Rodolfo Rossi (percussion).