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Scaled down Henze a success in Paris

Almost 40 years after the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's most famous opera "The Bassarids" the work received it's Parisian premiere - well, almost. A strike by administrative and technical personnel at Radio France, prevented the radio's Orchestre Philharmonique from attending - and almost forced the Théâtre du Châtelet to cancel their prized performance.

In a triumph of will-power, the Japanese conductor Kazushi Ono pulled the stops out and feverishly transferred string and wind parts to three pianos and found seven substitute percussionists, two harpists and a few other solo instrumentalists to take the total number of players up to 21. From the reviews we have found of the event seem, the gamble seems to have paid off entirely:


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