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Stormy sounds of widely varying “wind quality” blow through the pieces on the new CD by Edition Musikfabrik.The booklet poster shows Gerhard Richter’s Red-Blue-Yellow from 1973, which artistically comments on the thematic bundling of the programme from the highlights of the series “Musikfabrik im WDR”. Richter has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ensemble Musikfabrik since 2009.
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Emmanuel Nunes: Minnesang | Musivus
“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. New on WERGO: Minnesang and Musivus by Emmanuel Nunes, interpreted by the SWR Vokalensemble and WDR Sinfonieorchester.
Emmanuel Nunes: Minnesang | Musivus


Enjott Schneider: Clair-Obscur – Colors of Saxophones
WERGO is proud to present a further CD by Enjott Schneider. In Clair Obscur – Colors of Saxophones, extreme contrasts play a defining role: beautiful and ugly, loud and soft, bright and dark – all these qualities are brought to life by the Berlin saxophone quartet, clair-obscur. The musical spectrum ranges from Old Masters to the extreme fringes of contemporary music.
Enjott Schneider: Clair-Obscur – Colors of Saxophones


Gathering Thunders | Leonie Klein: Percussion
Modern avant-garde composers have transformed noise into a legitimate element of music – not least by an increased use of percussion instruments. For this CD, the young multi-percussionist Leonie Klein has collected a number of solo works that represent various stages in the development of New Music.
Gathering Thunders | Leonie Klein: Percussion


Karola Obermüller: Untergegangen der Mond
Energetic as well as poetic is Karola Obermüller’s music, and it reveals hidden and unknown elements underneath the multilayered musical material.
Many of the works on this portrait CD in the series EDITION ZEITGENÖSSISCHE MUSIK were developed as work in progress during a long period of time. Distinctive for Obermüller’s work are therefore the reflection from several perspectives and the superposition of different layers of sound.
Karola Obermüller: Untergegangen der Mond


Alberto Posadas: Erinnerungsspuren
Erinnerungsspuren by Alberto Posadas is an homage to the piano in six parts. In his “reminiscences”, the Spanish composer brings to mind some of the best in his profession, taking them as sources for his studies of the piano’s sound space.
Alberto Posadas: Erinnerungsspuren


Anna Korsun: Ulenflucht
Anna Korsun’s compositions explore unknown ground by repeatedly exploring aesthetic boundaries. Her portrait CD in the series EDITION ZEITGENÖSSISCHE MUSIK, presents five of these musical maps. With a wide variety of instrumentations, she creates sophisticated, sometimes bizarre sound images, always surrounded by a fleeting aura.
Anna Korsun: Ulenflucht


Rolf Riehm: Die schrecklich-gewaltigen Kinder | O Daddy
Rolf Riehm is an unconventional artist, a radical composer, and a politically engaged human being. His compositions reject tradition, yet draw on the entire historical spectrum of expressive possibilities. Skeptical of systematic organization, Riehm’s music tells stories in sound for attentive listeners, stories that deal with mythical, psychological, and political themes.  The two pieces by Riehm on this CD evoke archaic and archetypal situations.
Rolf Riehm: Die schrecklich-gewaltigen Kinder | O Daddy