Classical music

London Sinfonietta - Hans Werner Henze: Voices

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The London Sinfonietta performs Hans Werner Henze’s Voices, one of its landmark commissions of the past 50 years.

This 1973 work is a collection of 22 folk songs from around the world, spanning the soundworld of the Italian resistance, to former Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh’s ‘Prison Song’, and African American poet Dudley Randall’s Roses and Revolution, a cornerstone of the Black Arts Movement.

Of the work, Henze says: ‘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 15 instrumentalists, playing around 70 different instruments, it is a feat of contemporary composition. David Atherton, co-founder of the London Sinfonietta, conducts this provocative tour de force.


London Sinfonietta
David Atherton conductor
Victoria Simmonds mezzo-soprano
Daniel Norman tenor


Henze: Voices for mezzo-soprano, tenor, electronics & ensemble

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St John's Smith Square,

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA


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