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Hans Werner Henze: Heliogabalus Imperator
The recordings collected here display Knussen’s deep understanding of Henze’s music. Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in sensitive and meticulous performances of compositions ranging from the composer’s middle period to his last completed work.
Hans Werner Henze: Heliogabalus Imperator


Lula Romero: ins Offene
The continuous change of timbres, lines and textures characterizes the three ensemble pieces on the portrait-CD of Lula Romero. Instrumental and vocal parts merge with the manifold interacting live electronics to fluctuating, surreal soundscapes.
Lula Romero: ins Offene


Andreas H.H. Suberg: Leonardo-Zyklus
The prophecies of Leonardo da Vinci – timeless and enigmatic. They are at the heart of the compositions by Andreas H. H. Suberg. After studying Leonardo’s more than 150 prophecies intensively, Suberg used them to create a fascinating cycle.
These musical scenarios are now for the first time released by WERGO in a top-class recording.
Andreas H.H. Suberg: Leonardo-Zyklus


Mark Andre: hij
Mark Andre’s music is introverted and fragile, but it speaks to the listener with a shy intensity: hij! This is the title given by the German-French composer to a pair of pieces recorded for this CD by the crème de la crème of avant-garde music ensembles: the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne conducted by Mariano Chiacchiarini as well as the SWR Vocal Ensemble and Experimental Studio with conductor Marcus Creed and sound director Joachim Haas.
Mark Andre: hij


STURM
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.
STURM


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