Welcome to WERGO – New Music for more than 50 Years
Jörg Widmann: String Quartets
“It is a great pleasure for me that, seven years after the first complete recording of my string quartets, the Minguet Quartet now offers a second recording. We have worked together closely for many years, particularly on these five quartets. This ensemble is therefore quite familiar as to how the individual quartets complement, contradict, and relate to each other dramaturgically.” (Widmann)
Jörg-Peter Mittmann: Kontrapunkte
“An involvement with religious and metaphysical subjects and the tradition of their musical treatment” is for the Ensemble Horizonte “a question of identity” (Mittmann). This does not mean, however, that the ensemble has restricted itself to these themes in its choice of programs, but rather that the group views all musical activity in the context of the broader history of music and philosophy. This is also characteristic of Jörg-Peter Mittmann’s composing.
Morton Subotnick: The Wild Beasts
Morton Subotnickis a living legend in the development of electronic music. A leading innovator in works involving instruments and other media, he used many of the important technological breakthroughs of his time in his work as a composer.
John Cage: Two³
In 1991 Cage wrote “Two3” for shō and five water-filled conch shells, one of his so-called “Number Pieces” Cage worked on during the last years of his life – here in the interpretation by the accordion player Stefan Hussong and the sheng virtuoso Wu Wei.
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.
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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