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Welcome to WERGO – New Music for more than 50 Years

Trio Accanto: Songs and Poems
“Songs and Poems” points in a certain direction. It reflects an underlying longing in these instrumental pieces for language, voice, and song, for the authenticity of singing, the simplicity of song, and the hidden meanings of poetry. Perhaps “Songs and Poems” is a song collection that only dreams of songs, just as the Trio Accanto – with its unusual instrumentation of saxophone, percussion, and piano – is a jazz trio that does not play jazz.
Trio Accanto: Songs and Poems


Michael Blake: The Philosophy of Composition
Michael Blake is South African composition’s most important link to the American and British experimental traditions of the second half of the twentieth century. It is a connection that derives as much from the composer’s temperament and aesthetic sensibility, as from more conscious decisions relating to the socio-political positioning of composition.
Michael Blake: The Philosophy of Composition


Lisa Streich: Pietà
It is whipping and humming, while the orchestra strides like lost in reverie. The enigmatic beginning of Lisa Streich’s portrait CD in the series EDITION ZEITGENÖSSISCHE MUSIK lays the cornerstone for a sound journey, oscillating between this world and the hereafter. To create a wide musical spectrum, the swede composer uses a variety of instrumentation.
Lisa Streich: Pietà


Heinz Holliger: Choral Utopia
“I need a musical discourse,” Holliger once said. This is a good description of his characteristic way of composing. Unlike Boulez, he does not base his works on charts and tables, but neither does he employ carpets of sound in the manner of Ligeti or the Spectralists. Particularly in his vocal works, Holliger allows himself to follow the associations suggested by certain words, and these associations in turn generate still other connections.
Heinz Holliger: Choral Utopia


Sarah Nemtsov: Amplified Imagination
In complex layers of sound, Sarah Nemtsov creates a poly-dimensional utopian vision of urban life – confusing, energetic, and sometimes nerve-wracking: “It has to do with the tension between consequence and chaos.”
This recording brings together three of the most exciting New Music ensembles of our time: the Sonar Quartet, the Adapter Ensemble, and members of Ensemble Mosaik.
Sarah Nemtsov: Amplified Imagination


Kreuzungen
Music is seldom unadulterated. The aesthetic process – both of composition and of perception – is almost always influenced by extra-musical phenomena. Historical, physical, and ethnological forces have “gotten in the way” of the compositions on this CD, determining the values between the sounds, the crossings into those musical realms where hearing becomes, in the best sense of the word, unclear.
Kreuzungen


Helmut Lachenmann: Got Lost
In “Got Lost” Lachenmann used four lines from Nietzsche, the poem “All Love Letters Are Ridiculous” by Fernando Pessoa and a short note in English lamenting the loss of a laundry basket which gave this work its name.
Helmut Lachenmann: Got Lost


Karlheinz Stockhausen: STRAHLEN
The documentary film provides an interesting insight into the incredible complexity of the production process of “STRAHLEN”. Special techniques had to be used to record Stockhausen’s ten-channel composition with its spatial information on a DVD. In addition, the DVD contains an exclusive interview, which Ludger Brümmer, head of the IMA, held with Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Karlheinz Stockhausen: STRAHLEN


Chaya Czernowin: HIDDEN
‘HIDDEN’ is a slowly unfolding, 45-minute listening experience that permits our ears to turn into eyes. Our ears are given space and time to become accustomed to a totally unpredictable territory of sound.” (Chaya Czernowin)
Chaya Czernowin: HIDDEN