NEW: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Stenz programs much contemporary and twentieth century music, and has conducted first performances of several operas by Hans Werner Henze. He began his tenure as Gürzenich-Kapellmeister in 2003, and is also chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. Previous appointments have included positions with the Montepulciano Festival, the London Sinfonietta and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Ensemble. An Enthralling Production - György Kurtág's 'Fin de Partie' impresses Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Real Verve - Markus Stenz conducts the Hallé Orchestra, heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Prodigious Imagination - Markus Stenz conducts Richard Strauss, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... a resounding success ...'
Ensemble. Shattering Conviction - Mike Wheeler listens to Markus Stenz and the Hallé in music by Colin Matthews and Mahler
CD Spotlight. Transcendent Resignation - Mahler's Ninth Symphony, heard by David Wilkins. '... played with love and knowledge and commitment ...'
Record Box. Dazzling Works - Contemporary music from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, recommended by Patric Standford
Ensemble. Nicely Judged - Beethoven, Stravinsky and Weber from The Hallé Orchestra impresses Mike Wheeler