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Welcome to WERGO – New Music for more than 50 Years

Mauricio Kagel: Mimetics
In 1961, Mauricio Kagel wrote a piano piece with two titles. As a solo work, it is called “Metapiece. It can also, however, be played together – either simultaneously or in alternation – with other pieces by Kagel or other living composers, and is then called Mimetics. The pianist Sabine Liebner has accepted Kagel’s invitation to collaborate and undertaken her own musical journey through the composer’s piano music.
Mauricio Kagel: Mimetics


John Cage | Toshio Hosokawa: Frozen Time
ohn Cage approached the music from Japan from its roots in Zen Buddhism and its intent to imitate nature. One important element in this context is the interpretational freedom of the performers, who can adjust the musical text to their own inner state or rhythm. Toshio Hosokawa employs Japanese aesthetic principles using both Western and traditional Japanese instruments and ensembles, in the process bringing the sounds of the two traditions into closer proximity.
John Cage | Toshio Hosokawa: Frozen Time


Wilhelm Killmayer: Summer’s End
Wilhelm Killmayer has written songs since the beginning of his career as a composer, and they are a prominent and essential part of his oeuvre. In the case of Killmayer’s songs, one can clearly see various musical effects influenced by the texts being set, yet these effects nevertheless retain a basic musical identity.
Wilhelm Killmayer: Summer’s End


Hans Zender: Dialogue with Haydn | Issei no kyō | Nanzen no kyō
All the characteristics of Zender’s composing outlined above are combined on this CD: the recreation of a concrete music history model in “Dialogue with Haydn”, the immersion in the Asian mode of thought in the two “…no kyō” compositions, the use of microtonality in “Dialogue” and “Issei no kyō“. All three pieces share a humorous-ironic undertone.
Hans Zender: Dialogue with Haydn | Issei no kyō | Nanzen no kyō


John Cage: Chess Pieces | Four Dances – Tom Johnson: Rational Melodies
Trio Omphalos has been performing original and exciting programs with new music since it was founded in 2006 – in the rare lineup of clarinet, drums and piano.
The trio discovered John Cage’s “Chess Pieces” in 2012, a graphic image composition by Cage that the pianist Margret Lang Tan translated into a piano version. Trio Omphalos has created an expressive and colourful trio version out of this.
John Cage | Tom Johnson: Chess Pieces | Four Dances


Edition Musikfabrik: Stille
“In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” John Cage noted in 1957. In this edition, four distinctly different pieces reflect four completely different attempts to deal with emotional or audible silence, giving us a glimpse behind the “continuum” that surrounds us. As John Cage stated, “times have changed; music has changed”. It will never stop doing so.
Edition Musikfabrik: Stille


Evan Gardner: Gunfighter Nation
The new portrait DVD of the American-Norwegian composer presents a video production (commissioned especially for the EDITION ZEITGENÖSSISCHE MUSIK) of Gardner’s most extensive work for Opera Lab Berlin so far, this Western-opera “Gunfighter Nation” (2016) in a staging by Michael Höppner.
Evan Gardner: Gunfighter Nation


Brice Pauset: Canons
It took the French composer Brice Pauset more than two decades to finish this monumental cycle that comprises 24 canons for piano. On the present CD, the cycle is presented in its entirety for the first time by the British pianist Nicolas Hodges.
Brice Pauset: Canons


Maurizio Squillante: The Wings of Daedalus
For the first time, a CD of the ZKM electronic series is to be released that uses state-of-the-art technical procedures for sound production as an integral part of the musical staging of an opera.
Maurizio Squillante: The Wings of Daedalus