For half a century the WERGO label has been synonymous with contemporary music. Its repertoire comprises more than 600 CDs, which have won many awards and prizes, is a major collection of 20th-21st-century music, portraying almost all established contemporary composers. As a result, the label WERGO not only is part of the history of new music but also continues to make contributions to it. In May WERGO celebrates its 50th anniversary. On this occasion WERGO publishes a 5-CD set with music from five decades - all for an especially reasonable price. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WERGO!
28th June 2012
“To mark its half century the German-based label has brought together discs originally released in each of the five decades of its activities...two of the discs are particularly interesting. Works by the 82-year-old theologian and composer Dieter Schnebel are rare on disc even now, and here his Choralvorspiele I/II is paired with Atemzüge from his important collection Maulwerke”
26th May 2012
“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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