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German Record Critic’s Award

The WERGO-CD “Emmanuel Nunes: Minnesang | Musivus” has been awarded the Quarterly German Record Critics’ Award.

Category Contemporary Music:
Emmanuel Nunes: Minnesang | Musivus
WER 73782

“Don’t expect anything simpler from me!” – Emmanuel Nunes (1941-2012) was an artist of almost intimidating ability and self-confident stubbornness – much like his teachers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Boulez.
Apart from early works and large musical drama projects, his output consists primarily of two large-scale cycles. The first contains nine works, including Minnesang (1975–76) for twelve vocal soloists: a mystical and spiritual work that translates the medieval art of “Minnesang” into modern terms and whose musical effects are founded on the intelligibility of the texts.

Minnesang for twelve vocal soloists a cappella (text: Jakob Böhme) (1975)
Musivus for orchestra in four groups (1998, rev. 2001)

SWR Vokalensemble / Marcus Creed: chorus master / WDR Sinfonieorchester / Emilio Pomàrico: conductor

Statement of the jury