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Welcome to WERGO – New Music for more than 50 Years

Tobias Klich
On this DVD Tobias Klich presents his transdisciplinary work in conjunction with James Chan-A-Sue in four cinematic interpretations, two of them as multipart cycles. Klich is not only composer but also guitarist, filmmaker, visual artist and his compositions investigate the link between hearing and seeing.
Contemporary Music Edition

Enno Poppe / Wolfgang Heiniger: Tonband
Founded in New York in 2005, the contemporary music quartet Yarn/Wire is made up of two percussionists and two pianists. The group has gained an international reputation for dazzling and innovative programs. This CD features outstanding studio-quality first recordings of three works that grew out of Yarn/Wire’s long association with the artistic team of Wolfgang Heiniger and Enno Poppe.
Yarn/Wire Percussion Piano Quartet

Christian Wolff: Trio IX and Exercises
The American composer Christian Wolff is the last living representative of the New York School. Wolff was not even an adult when he studied with Grete Sultan and John Cage. Wolff’s music was much more politically motivated than that of Feldman and Cage. First recordings made in close collaboration with Wolff in the studios of Deutschlandfunk Cologne/Germany.
Trio Accanto

Mark Barden: Anatomy
Mark Barden’s music attends to the thresholds of our perception. Subtle deviations, ephemeral swarms of detail, and sustained sonic textures predominate on this portrait recording, as Paul Griffiths’ booklet text notes. In these works, which range from solo to full orchestra, Barden hunts for extremes.
Contemporary Music Edition

Philippe Manoury: Lab.Oratorium
Philippe Manoury is one of the most prominent compositional voices in France today, and his “Lab.Oratorium” presents one of his most significant works. Not only is the piece a fascinating exploration of sound color with more than 250 performers, it was inspired by the innovative architecture of many new concert halls (such as Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie). And perhaps most importantly, the work deals with themes that are urgently relevant in our troubled times.

Enno Poppe: Filz
This album brings together first recordings in studio quality of works composed especially for Ensemble Resonanz. Poppe has always been drawn to string instruments because of the nearly infinite possibilities to vary their pitch, playing techniques, and sound qualities. Ensemble Resonanz has received international acclaim for its precise intonation, its fresh interpretations of both contemporary and traditional works, and its inquisitive openness to unconventional musical formats.

Younghi Pagh-Paan: Silken Thread
“Seidener Faden – Silken Thread” is WERGO’s second album portrait of Younghi Pagh-Paan. The first appeared 26 years ago, and this new recording is long overdue, given the composer’s increasing recognition in the field of New Music and the countless international awards she has accrued in recent years. The E-MEX Ensemble prepared these first recordings in close collaboration with the composer.
Seidener Faden – Silken Thread. Chamber Music

Enno Poppe: Stoff
Enno Poppe’s works are probably performed more often than those of any other living German composer – not only in Germany. With his idiosyncratic manner of dealing with tradition, this red-haired artist has developed an instantly recognizable musical style that fascinates and touches both specialists and listeners normally skeptical of new music.