Hans Werne Henze Voices
One of the London Sinfonietta's landmark commissions of the past fifty years, Henze’s Voices (1973) is a collection of 22 folk songs spanning the soundworld of the Italian resistance, former Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh’s ‘Prison Song’, and African American poet Dudley Randall’s Roses and Revolution.
Of the work, Henze explains "these voices you hear are always the voices of the offended or humiliated…never the voice of the victorious, always the voice of defeated people finding other value, other notes, other voices for themselves". Written for mezzo-soprano, tenor, electronics and fifteen musicians, playing around 70 different instruments, it’s a feat of contemporary composition. Co-founder of the London Sinfonietta David Atherton conducts this provocative tour de force.
David Atherton conductor
Henze was unafraid to give an explicitly political message to his music. " The Guardian
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