2. Sinfonie / STYX / solitude II / netze / cataracta
composer: Wilfried Kraetzschmar
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig / Wolf-Dieter Hauschild: conductor / Kölner Bläserquintett / Katharina Hanstedt: harp / Staatskapelle Dresden / Hans Vonk: conductor
Lyrical sensitivity, ironic exposé, ardent commitment and bitter sarcasm: these are motivation axioms which the Dresden composer Wilfried Krätzschmar discovered for his artistic work. Raised in a no-man's-land between nonconformist parents and doctrinaire teachers, he confronted the prevailing political and artistic pressures of the time with a creative urge of unflinching openness, uniting a fascinating and purposefully cultivated timbral imagination with a sharpness of metaphor that all-too often provoked extremely divergent reactions from his listeners. Krätzschmar's second symphony "Explosionen und Cantus" brought him at a stroke into the glare of widespread publicity. It was applauded by listeners and critics alike for its surprisingly accessible and yet emotionally rending synthesis of the familiar and the new.