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Giacinto Scelsi: Suite 9 & 10 per pianoforte
“Ttai”, as Scelsi’s “Suite n. 9” is called, is based on the 11th symbol “tai” from the “I Ching”, the Chinese “Book of Changes”. “Tai” signifies “peace”. His “Suite n. 10” is titled “Ka”. The word refers to something unnamable, unspeakable, which is hidden behind all appearances.
Johannes Kreidler: Musik mit Musik
The portrait CD of Johannes Kreidler centres on his collage works which form the starting point of his project of a musical conceptual art. “I only compose where there is something to compose.” In order to adequately depict the media diversity of his work, an audiovisual data carrier has been added to the CD.
Gerhard Stäbler: HEISS! – Works for Organ
As a schoolboy, Gerhard Stäbler was already interested in the organ and later chose to study the instrument. His comprehensive catalogue of works, however, only contains the five pieces compiled here. Stäbler still speaks with deeply felt enthusiasm about the organ. He is still mesmerized by the sheer mass of the instrument.
Charlotte Seither: Equal Ways of Difference
“Composing means first of all: destruction.” The modus operandi of the composer Charlotte Seither begins with the splitting up of the “objects of our composing”; every pre-existing correlation, from the traditional genre to the configuration of the individual pitches, is deconstructed.
The Precise Music of Galina Ustvolskaya – DVD
In the period from 1947–1988 Galina Ustvolskaya wrote six piano sonatas. These Sonatas are the laboratory of her spiritual quest: In them there is the combination of the creation of the universe and maximum personal deepening and confessing.
Edition ZKM electronic: Enlarge Your Sax – Pedro Bittencourt
The Brazilian saxophone player Bittencourt presents compositions for solo saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone) and electronics each of which is characterized by a different configuration and a different kind of musical interaction.
Jagoda Szmytka: Bloody Cherries
In her works, the Polish composer Jagoda Szmytka takes a closer look at the physicality of sound and examines the contact between the bodies of the performer and the instrument, among others.
Mark Andre: …auf…
Andre’s compositions “...auf...” [...on...] are three independent orchestral pieces. Taken together, they can be heard as a cycle or as a triptych, like a three-part altarpiece. Though they are related, each work begins again the search for new resonances and means for transitions between sounds.
Valentin Silvestrov: Spectrums / Symphony No. 2 / Cantata / Meditation / “Farewell, O World …!”
“In my first works, I made it my goal to achieve a lyrical atmosphere.” As early as 1967, the Ukrainian composer Silvestrov – who calls himself a “lyricist and poet in music” – formulated with these words his compositional Credo, which has remained unchanged throughout the years.
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Pierre Boulez 90
On 26. March 2015 the composer, conductor and artist celebrates his 90th birthday. Congratulations!more
German Record Critics' Award for Mark Andre’s “...auf...”
The recording with Mark Andre’s triptych for large orchestra “...auf...” has been awarded the quarterly German Record Critics’ Award.more
ECHO Klassik 2014
This year's ECHO Klassik in the category of “Ensemble / Orchestra of the Year” is awarded to the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg for the first complete recording of Hans Zender’s “Logos-Fragmente”.more