für Klavier, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello
Label: Philips (446 710-2)
Published in: 1999

Composer Hans Werner Henze

Piano Peter Serkin Guarneri Quartett:
Violin Arnold Steinhardt/John Dalley
Viola Michael Tree
Violoncello David Soyer 


The main point of interest here is Hans Werner Henze’s Piano Quintet, completed in 1991 for Peter Serkin and the Guarneri Quartet. It is a substantial work lasting a little more than 20 minutes, and reflecting, Henze says, his experience of 19th-century forms.

The music itself is not in any sense backward-glancing, but it conveys a feeling of continual growth and transformation. Of the three movements, it is perhaps the last that makes the most immediate impression: a ghostly parade of filigree passagework for the piano, and ethereal string harmonics.

At the end, the piece is disturbingly cut off as though in mid-stream – an effect that is the more striking in view of the fact that the preceding movements both come to an emphatic conclusion.


Hans Werner Henze
Quintett für Klavier, zwei Violinen, Viola und Violoncello
            1. Con ferocia
            2. Adagio
            3. Litania

Johannes Brahms
Klavierquintett in F-Moll op 34
            Allegro non troppo
            Andante, un poco Adagio
            Scherzo. Allegro
            Finale (poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo)

Prison Song
für einen Schlagzeuger und Zuspielband