Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)
Symphony No. 7 · L’heure bleue · 7 Boleros
Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne
Markus Stenz, conductor
The Seventh Symphony is a key work in Henze‘s symphonic
production; his confrontation with the classical-
romantic tradition is particularly evident here.
“Number 7 of my orchestral pieces is the one that
comes closest to the model of the classical symphony”,
he once stated. Until he wrote this one, Henze had
not composed any symphonies for over a decade and
meanwhile even admitted to the “impossibility” of
“creating any more symphonies today”. This work became
a great success, however, which the listener will
be able to palpably experience with the help of this
recording by the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne.