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Welcome to WERGO – New Music for more than 50 Years

Wolfgang Rihm: String Quartets
Wolfgang Rihm is a real phenomenon: his overwhelming creative energy was already present during his childhood. He began composing when he was only 11 years old, long before his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe where he successfully passed the state examination in composition and music theory. The current CD featuring string quartets and quintets presents works from the early and late stages of his compositional oeuvre.
Wolfgang Rihm: String Quartets


Paul Hindemith: Works for Saxophones
From adventurous arrangements of piano music to string quartet, there is nothing the saxophone quartet clair-obscur leave untried. The musicians employ their instruments to bring to life a myriad of different tonal colours and musical genres.
Paul Hindemith is the focus of this CD: during the 1920s, he became enchanted by the tone of the saxophone, integrating it on a number of occasions into the scores of his stage works.
Paul Hindemith: Works for Saxophones


Helmut Zapf: String Quartets
In what other ways can one write for two violins, viola, and violoncello?
Helmut Zapf’s three string quartets perfectly illustrate the stages of such a confrontation. They have appeared throughout his entire career as a composer, and can be understood as markers for different periods in his compositional output.
Helmut Zapf: String Quartets


Arnold Schönberg: Serenade, op. 24
WERGO’s unique “studio reihe” series continues with a rather special CD release:
Arnold Schoenbergs “Serenade”, op. 24 for seven instruments and low male voice is one of the historically significant musical works of the early 1920s. This was the period when Schoenberg began to develop what came to be known as “twelve tone”
Arnold Schönberg: Serenade, op. 24


Milica Djordjević: The Death of the Star-Knower
Milica Djordjević’s compositions are musical explorations, meticulous observations and dissections. Seven such investigations of sound are presented by the Serbian composer on her portrait CD.
All pieces have been especially recorded at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne by internationally well-known interpreters such as Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Musikfabrik and Teodoro Anzellotti.
Milica Djordjević: The Death of the Star-Knower


Keiko Harada: Midstream
The composition “midstream+” for trombone and accordion (2004/2008) – like almost all the other works on this CD – is an example of Harada’s attempt to form a sense of musical commonality between two instruments with strikingly different sound qualities. Harada carefully develops situations for the collision of individual musical spaces.
Keiko Harada: Midstream


Paul Hindemith: The String Quartets
The renowned Juilliard String Quartet has recorded three consecutive CDs of Paul Hindemith’s string quartet works on the label WERGO – in the legendary formation with Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, Samuel Rhodes, and Joel Krosnick.
Now, WERGO presents the outstanding productions in a 3-CD box. All recordings were mastered using 20-bit technology.
Paul Hindemith: The String Quartets


Tom Sora: Wechselspiele. Musik für Stimme und Instrumente
Klarheit und Struktur. Solche Begriffe kommen Einem bei Tom Soras Musik zuerst in den Sinn. Die Kompositionen des aus Bukarest stammenden Komponisten wirken anschaulich und fassbar im konkreten Sinn des Wortes. Sie strahlen eine geradezu körperhafte Materialität aus.
Intuition ist ein wichtiges Prinzip seines Arbeitsprozesses und für den persönlichen Stil Tom Soras mitentscheidend.
Tom Sora: Wechselspiele


Ying Wang: Tun · Tu. Chamber Music Renewed
Shaped equally by her roots in China as well as European influences, Ying Wang embodies in an exemplary way the challenges of finding a point of balance between two cultures. Ying Wang mediates between the two cultures. She has achieved quite personal solutions in her works, integrating dramatic impulses and meditative sensual sonorities. She regards as especially fruitful the transferring of techniques for the creation of electronic sounds to acoustical instruments.
Ying Wang: Tun · Tu