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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.

Ludwig van Beethoven | Harrison Birtwistle
Nicolas Hodges occupies a unique position among the world’s most distinguished piano soloists. His ability to perfectly perform unconventional, hyper-complex works of extreme technical difficulty is legendary, but he also possesses a deep musical understanding of the music he performs, which he often prepares in consultation and collaboration with the composers. Less well known but equally fascinating are his interpretations of the music of earlier centuries, in which he is always able to rediscover fresh and contemporary qualities.
A Bag of Bagatelles

Giacinto Scelsi: Suite 8 & 11
Giacinto Scelsi is one of the most unusual composers of the twentieth century, a unique figure whose importance was only fully recognized and celebrated after his death. During his lifetime, he was often dismissed, especially in Italy, as a pretentious dilettante because he did not notate his music himself. Beginning in the mid-1950s, he recorded his improvisations at the piano and had them transcribed by others. In this way, in the course of only a few years hundreds of piano pieces appeared.
Suite 8 & 11 per pianoforte

Clara Iannotta: Earthing
On her portrait recording “earthing” the Berlin-based composer Clara Iannotta concentrates on the genre string quartet. Therefor she takes inspiration mostly from the idea of an underwater world and the small animals that let their luminous organs glow in the deep. The resulting music seems to be under the pressure of water masses but happens in an environment of expanded time..
Contemporary Music Edition