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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
Enjott Schneider: Flute Stories
Enjott Schneider is one of the most productive and successful composers of our time. He first achieved international fame as the composer of hundreds of scores for films such as “Herbstmilch”, “Schlafes Bruder”, or “Bibi Blocksberg und das Geheimnis der blauen Eulen”, but his orchestral works also have a richly varied narrative quality that is documented in WERGO’ s series of CDs dedicated to his music.
Gerd Zacher: Event(ualitie)s
Gerd Zacher is an important figure in every history of twentieth century music. He was the most important New Music organist in the world, and it was thanks to him that composers such as György Ligeti, John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Dieter Schnebel, and Isang Yun wrote so much music for the organ. It is less well known that Gerd Zacher was also an excellent composer, since he long withheld his compositions from the public.
Event(ualitie)s – Solo and Duo Compositions
On this portrait CD the Chinese composer Huihui Cheng presents a multi-coloured spectrum of playful, mysterious and unreal sounds which are produced both by instrumental/vocal and electronic means. To feature intermedia elements of her work, like dance, performance and video installation, the CD is supplemented with videos and a smartphone game.
Contemporary Music Edition