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Welcome to WERGO – New Music for more than 50 Years

Arnold Schönberg: Serenade, op. 24
WERGO’s unique “studio reihe” series continues with a rather special CD release:
Arnold Schoenbergs “Serenade”, op. 24 for seven instruments and low male voice is one of the historically significant musical works of the early 1920s. This was the period when Schoenberg began to develop what came to be known as “twelve tone”
Arnold Schönberg: Serenade, op. 24

Milica Djordjević: The Death of the Star-Knower
Milica Djordjević’s compositions are musical explorations, meticulous observations and dissections. Seven such investigations of sound are presented by the Serbian composer on her portrait CD.
All pieces have been especially recorded at Deutschlandfunk in Cologne by internationally well-known interpreters such as Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Musikfabrik and Teodoro Anzellotti.
Milica Djordjević: The Death of the Star-Knower

Keiko Harada: Midstream
The composition “midstream+” for trombone and accordion (2004/2008) – like almost all the other works on this CD – is an example of Harada’s attempt to form a sense of musical commonality between two instruments with strikingly different sound qualities. Harada carefully develops situations for the collision of individual musical spaces.
Keiko Harada: Midstream

Paul Hindemith: The String Quartets
The renowned Juilliard String Quartet has recorded three consecutive CDs of Paul Hindemith’s string quartet works on the label WERGO – in the legendary formation with Robert Mann, Joel Smirnoff, Samuel Rhodes, and Joel Krosnick.
Now, WERGO presents the outstanding productions in a 3-CD box. All recordings were mastered using 20-bit technology.
Paul Hindemith: The String Quartets

Tom Sora: Wechselspiele. Musik für Stimme und Instrumente
Klarheit und Struktur. Solche Begriffe kommen Einem bei Tom Soras Musik zuerst in den Sinn. Die Kompositionen des aus Bukarest stammenden Komponisten wirken anschaulich und fassbar im konkreten Sinn des Wortes. Sie strahlen eine geradezu körperhafte Materialität aus.
Intuition ist ein wichtiges Prinzip seines Arbeitsprozesses und für den persönlichen Stil Tom Soras mitentscheidend.
Tom Sora: Wechselspiele

Ying Wang: Tun · Tu. Chamber Music Renewed
Shaped equally by her roots in China as well as European influences, Ying Wang embodies in an exemplary way the challenges of finding a point of balance between two cultures. Ying Wang mediates between the two cultures. She has achieved quite personal solutions in her works, integrating dramatic impulses and meditative sensual sonorities. She regards as especially fruitful the transferring of techniques for the creation of electronic sounds to acoustical instruments.
Ying Wang: Tun · Tu

Enjott Schneider: Fatal Farmonies
“Fatal Harmonies“ is the seventh of 10 CDs in WERGO’s continuing “Edition Enjott Schneider“ and contains five compositions for cello and orchestra.
The cello has fascinated audiences, players and composers ever since and did inspire Enjott Schneider to create compositions of magic and virtuoso wizardry. In the hands of a soloist with the mastery of László Fenyö, an explosion of expressive power is guaranteed.
Enjott Schneider: Fatal Harmonies

Hans Zender: ¿Adónde? Wohin?
Zender has worked to give the central category of “harmony” a special “oppositional” character. Out of his growing dissatisfaction with the equal tempered tuning system, he pushed the treatment of micro-intonation to the point of dividing the octave into 72 microintervals. It requires enormous vocal and instrumental mastery to make this microtonality seem an unanticipated enrichment.
Hans Zender: ¿Adónde? Wohin?

Rolf Riehm: Shifting | Archipel Remix
‘Rolf Riehm is […] an unconventional artist. Before him, nobody has ever sensualized in music such a complex cosmos of philosophical reflections, historical facts, myths, fairytales, memories, scientific arguments, the sublime and the trivial, current socio-political findings, very personal ingredients and contributions.’ (Bernd Leukert)
Dieter Schnebel: Movimento