Heinz Winbeck: Symphony No. 5

Heinz Winbeck: Symphony No. 5
Heinz Winbeck was born in 1946 in the village of Piflas in Lower Bavaria.

He started his musical studies in 1964 at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, studying piano and conducting. From 1967 he studied conducting and composition at the Musikhochschule München.

In 1988 he was appointed professor for composition at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. Among his students is composer and pianist Rudi Spring. Winbeck was "Composer in Residence" at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Cabrillo, California.

His Fifth Symphony "Jetzt und in der Stunde des Todes" (Now and in the hour of death) reflects sketches of Anton Bruckner's unfinished 9th Symphony. Originally, the work began as a completion of the Finale to the Symphony No. 9, but it evolved into a new composition with numerous references to Bruckner's music. The work is in three movements of about 60 minutes. It was premiered by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies on March 1, 2010 at the Stift St. Florian.

Symphony No. 5 "Now and at the hour of death" on motives particularly from the finale of the 9th symphony by Anton Bruckner (2009) (59'23")

"Lord, abide with us: for it is toward evening ..." (15'54")
"Come, Holy Spirit, and ignite ..." (19'01")
"Now and at the hour of death" (24'24")

The German premiere of the Symphony with Dennis Russell Davie conducting the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is now available in a 5 CD set of Winbeck's Five Symphonies.