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WERGO – New Releases
Monolithen – Debussy | Zimmermann | Strawinsky
The piano works for two pianos united here have quite a few inner connections. Each breaks down aesthetic conventions and involves vast historical and geographic horizons while demanding the highest level of virtuosity from the performers.
John Cage: One7 | Four6
In the last six years of his life John Cage composed his so-called “Number Pieces”. This CD presents the first recording of the version for piano of "One7" and "Four6" by the pianist Sabine Liebner.
Edition Musikfarbrik: Graffiti
The Ensemble Musikfabrik continues its CD series on the label WERGO. This time, the artwork is based on pictures by the painter Gerhard Richter. The eighth CD of Edition Musikfabrik combines pieces by the Korean composer Unsuk Chin, the Austrian Olga Neuwirth and the American Afro-Futurist Sun Ra.
Kurt Schwitters: Ursonate und andere Konsequente Dichtung
The phonetic-musical SprechKunstTrio [speech art trio] sprechbohrer presents its unique interpretation of Schwitters' "Ursonate" and other works by the artist who created one of the 20th century’s most multifaceted oeuvre of sound poetry.
Johannes Boris Borowski: Fagottkonzert / Wandlung / Klavierkonzert / Chergui
In his portrait CD, Borowski focusses on a genre that can rarely be found in contemporary music under its description: the concerto.
Keiko Harada: F-fragments – Works for accordion and piano
The Japanese composer Keiko Harada “is a rarity among modern composers inasmuch as she accepts the great ‘mystery’, the movement of her own soul, as the wellspring of her creativity.”
Adriana Hölszky: Wie ein gläsernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischt - Works for Organ
The title of Hölszky’s “apocalyptic” work for organ “... und ich sah wie ein gläsernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischt” [And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire] describes extremely contrasting realities: "sea of glass" and "fire". They interact in clear-cut succession.
Toshio Hosokawa: Quintets & Solos
“Music is calligraphy using sounds painted on the canvas of silence.” There is not a single note in the music of Hosokawa that is not continuously modified like a brushstroke – every sound seems to be the result of inexorable change.
Sebastian Gramss: Thinking of …
"Thinking of …" is an homage to the double-bass player and artist Stefano Scodanibbio who died before his time in 2012. This project gathered the “crème de la crème”of the modern double-bass world.
Malika Kishino: Irisation
This portrait CD provides insight into the sensitive and exciting sound aesthetics of the composer Malika Kishino. Nature and beauty constitute the main points of reference of her oeuvre; japanese culture and its aesthetics leave a mark on Kishino's music.
David Brynjar Franzson: the Negotiation of Context
“the Negotiation of Context” is assembled from various sounds and contexts on top of a topography of pre-existing programs: the history of the instruments, the social dynamics of the performers, and the means of presentation of the piece.
studio reihe – Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire
For the first time available on CD: This recording of Schoenberg's "Pierrot lunaire" was the first long-playing record released by the newly founded label WERGO in 1962.