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WERGO – New Releases
Detlev Müller-Siemens: TRACES
In these chamber music works, the serenity and thoughtfulness of the form contrast with the inner turbulence that comes from a musical language that is “on its own” and does not follow any pre-existing patterns.
Hans Werner Henze: Symphonies 1–10
In recent years, five CDs with the complete symphonies of Hans Werner Henze have been released. Now WEGO presents the outstanding recordings in a 5-CD box.
Rolf Riehm: Lenz in Moskau / Im Nachtigallental / Ton für Ton (weiße Straßen Babylons) / Au bord d’une source
Even without an imaginary stage, Riehm’s music is scenic, because in it human relationships, profoundly changed by catastrophic events, are powerfully represented through the music.
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.
Enjott Schneider: China Meets Europe
China’s mysterious culture has fascinated Schneider for a long time. The CD “China Meets Europe” presents two works which, though they owe their sound primarily to western symphonic ideas, in spirit however have many Chinese characteristics.
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.