Hans Werner Henze: Whispers from Heavenly Death (1948)





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Published on Feb 13, 2011

Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012): Whispers from Heavenly Death, cantata per soprano acuto e 8 strumenti, su testo di Walt Whitman (1948).

1. Darest thou now, o Soul (Moderato)
2. No map there (Tranquillo)
3. I know it not, o soul (Adagio)
4. Till, when the ties loosen (Allegro)
5. Then we burst forth (Allegro molto)

Edda Moser, soprano
Fritz Wesenigk, tromba
Horst Göbel, celesta
Fritz Helmis, arpa
Wolfgang Böttcher, violoncello
Hans Dieter Lembens, vibrafono
Hans Hansen, glockenspiel
Gerassimos Avgerinos, percussioni leggere
Axel Knuth, xylophono.

Whispers from Heavenly Death (Walt Whitman)


DAREST thou now, O Soul,
Walk out with me toward the Unknown Region,
Where neither ground is for the feet, nor any path to follow?


No map, there, nor guide,
Nor voice sounding, nor touch of human hand,

Nor face with blooming flesh, nor lips, nor eyes, are in that land.


I know it not, O Soul;
Nor dost thou—all is a blank before us;
All waits, undream'd of, in that region—that inaccessible land.


Till, when the ties loosen,
All but the ties eternal, Time and Space,
Nor darkness, gravitation, sense, nor any bounds, bound us.


Then we burst forth—we float,
In Time and Space, O Soul—prepared for them;
Equal, equipt at last—(O joy! O fruit of all!) them to fulfil, O Soul


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