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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