Notes & Reviews:
In 2012, the Wergo label celebrates its 50th anniversary. For half a century, Wergo has been synonymous with contemporary music. The label's catalog reads like a virtual who's-who of modern music, both in terms of composers and performers. From the beginning, the intent of founder WERner GOldschmidt (from whom the label derives its name) was to provide listeners with a snapshot of currentmusical activity and innovation. Goldschmidt's label and mission, now managed by the publisher Schott, is maintained to this day by a dedicated staff that is constantly striving to bring the best new music to the attention of the world. This specially-priced commemorative set features five discs, with one from each from the label's five rich decades. Featured composers include Cage, Nono, Schnebel Stockhausen and Stravinsky.
Best of all are Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky's 1962 album of Stravinsky's works for two pianos - chamber-music pieces of French, rather than Russian, character - and a recent quartet of Stockhausen's early works performed by Ensemble Recherche.
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War Horse [Original Score]
Shir: Ash'Farad, Klezmer & Ladino *
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 9 / Dennis Russell Davies
Gordon Getty: Plump Jack / Melody Moore; Susanne Mentzer, Nikolai Schukoff, Lester Lynch
Gorecki: Concerto-Cantata; Three Dances; Little Requiem / Anna Gorecka, piano; Carol Wincenc, flute
Guitar Concertos of The 20th & 21st Centuries by Bernstein, Arnold, Daugherty / Thorsten Drucker
Tehilim, Psalms between Judaism and Christianity - Rossi, Sulzer, Lewandowski, Gokkes, Sweelinck et al.
Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010
York Bowen: Viola Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 / Matthew Jones, viola; Michael Hampton, piano