HANS WERNER HENZE (b.1926): Symphonies No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5.
Catalogue Number: 09N059
Reference: WER 6723 2
Description: This new Henze cycle continues working backwards with these three symphonies associated with the theatre. No. 3 (1949/50), whose three movements "Invocation of Apollo", "Dithyramb" and "Dance of Conjuration" imply the balletic quality of the music (although serial, you'd never know it from its dance-like rhythms and figures) which was later consummated on stage under the title of its first movement. No. 4 (1955) which was constructed from the unused final act of his opera König Hirsch, is also serial but also made approachable by its lyrical, cantabile and colorful style while No. 5 of 1962 (whose stage connection derives from the use of a song from his opera Elegie für junge Liebende) is a brash, loud, toccata-like work which Henze suggested emulates the activity of a great city like New York or Rome; the shortest of the three symphonies, it's also the most visceral in impact. Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra; Marek Janowski.