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Anthony Burton
BBC Music Magazine, September 2016

Markus Stenz and the Cologne orchestra present a precise and vivid reading of the score, recorded with a sense of breadth and depth. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine

Charles T. Downey
The Washington Post, August 2016

…Henze’s orchestration [of “Hälfte des Lebens”] is at its most colorful, somehow sheltered from total chaos. Stenz delivers one of the fastest recordings of this work on record. © 2016 The Washington Post Read complete review

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, August 2016

Under Markus Stenz, another twentieth-century music specialist, the Gürzenich Orchestra Köln responds to Henze’s music with really compelling concentration together with a satisfying unity. With regard to sound quality the Seventh Symphony recorded at Kölner Philharmonie comes out well, being clear and well balanced. The other three works recorded at Studio Stolberger Straße, Köln are also pleasingly recorded containing good presence and clarity. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Allen
Gramophone, August 2016

Forensically detailed and immaculately coloured even when this music is at its most violent, Stenz’s unimpeachable Cologne players deliver an eerie mystery in the slow movement, as if recalling Berg in a bad dream, and capture the madness in what Henze called his ‘nasty scherzo’ with clinical, merciless ease. The flutter, the gentle sway of the finale’s first bars nowhere else sounds so beguiling. But turn to Rattle and the atmosphere is more charged, the chasm between beauty and brutality more gaping. Henze’s relationship with the symphonic tradition therefore sounds far more torn. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Norbert Tischer
Pizzicato, May 2016

First rate performances of an intelligently composed program with works by the late Hans Werner Henze. © 2016 Pizzicato

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