… in youth and age.
“As Hans Werner Henze lies dying at his home near Rome,” wrote Andrew Clark in the FT on December 7 2005. But he didn’t die. He emerged from a mysterious two-month coma much weaker, but intact, and resumed composition of his opera Phaedra.
Later he became very frail indeed. Norman Lebrecht, with typical recklessness, says that the last known portrait, a photograph by Francesco Maria Colombo, was taken on July 11. But there is a later one, taken on September 11 in Dresden.
I’ve been following Henze since I was a student. I’ll write a long piece on him if I get time. When he died on Saturday in Dresden, I put this clip on YouTube. Click through to YouTube for links to Arthaus Musik and Amazon to buy the film.
• Tuscany, late ’60s?
• La Leprara, Marino, near Rome, with Oliver Knussen, c 2000, reminiscing about Walton
• garden of Walton’s home La Mortella, Ischia, with Walton, c 1962 (later?)
• Marino, with Knussen, c 2000, reminiscing about Walton
• location not stated, c 1975, conducting his own Tristan.
Guardian obituary by Guy Rickards
Guardian editorial: In Praise of Hans Werner Henze
Ian Bostridge on working with Henze.