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Composer: Henze, Hans Werner (1926-2012)

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Year of birth1926
Year of death2012
NationalityGermany
Period20th century
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ManchesterOliver Knussen/Henze/Martin Suckling/Borodin

Knussen, Henze, Borodin
BBC Philharmonic; TBC; Claire Booth; Clio Gould

StuttgartDer Prinz von HomburgNew production

Henze: The Prince of Homburg (Der Prinz von Homburg)
Cornelius Meister; Stephan Kimmig; Oper Stuttgart; Katja Haß; Anja Rabes; Vera-Lotte Böcker; Helene Schneiderman

BrusselsHugh Wolff, Mischa Maisky, Ilker Arcayürek & Octopus

Henze, Tchaikovsky, Liszt
Hugh Wolff; Mischa Maisky; Ilker Arcayürek; Octopus Symfonisch Koor

Dresden10. Symphoniekonzert

Weber, Henze, Mendelssohn
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden; Vladimir Jurowski; Isabel Karajan; Tuuli Takala; Christina Bock; Dresdner Kammerchor

StuttgartSWR JetztMusik

Illes, Schwartz J, Henze
SWR Symphony Orchestra; Pablo Rus Broseta; Márton Illés
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Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at DNO

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Ingo Metzmacher leads a musically formidable performance of Hans Werner Henze’s shipwreck oratorio. Romeo Castellucci’s staging engages the senses but remains emotionally distant.
****1
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The rise and fall of man: Henze meets Weill in Mexico

Henze's Das Wundertheater © Cortesísia Festival Internacional Cervantino
In the finale to Der Dreigroschenoper the sinister incantation of "Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?" ("For what does man live?") ran delightfully close to the bone in these plush surroundings
*****
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Underwhelming Ondine from the Bolshoi Ballet

Igor Tsvirko (the Fugitive) and Ekaterina Krysanova (Ondine) © Damir Yusupov | Bolshoi Theatre
Given the unappealing score and the lack of narrative and meaninful choreography, the dancers perform heroically.
**111
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Fischer and Fischer at the Konzerthaus Berlin

Iván Fischer © Marco Borggreve
Berlin’s Konzerthaus Orchestra began its new season with works by two composers set against the artistic orthodoxies of their day.
***11
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Hans Werner Henze Pollicino enters the wood

Pollicino © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
Teatro Regio celebrates Henze's 90th anniversary of birth bringing on stage for the first time in Turin the fairy tale Pollicino
****1
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