Taking the end of WWI as point of departure, what composers born later were the greatest? Already in the 1950s I "nominated" Henze, being aware that it was too early to select the winner. It so happened that until his death in 2012 I did not find any real rival. He is fundamentally unorthodox, and neither thinks of consonances nor dissonances as the king's road to heaven. My own favourites are his opera "Elegy for Young Lovers", "The Rose Miracle" and his 9th symphony. Note that the version of "The Rose Miracle" conducted by Henze himself is much better than any other. On the "Elegy" the poet (who caused the death of young loving couples in the hope of writing a perfect poem) is sung by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, a further merit of this CD. I loved Henze's music for decades without knowing anything about the philosophical ideas behind almost each of his works, and I think others can do this just as well. When I finally learned about these ideas they did not make me enjoy his music more, but they did make me admire Henze more.
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