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Xiaoyong Chen - Imaginative Reflections
Gordon Kampe - Arien/Zitronen
Milica Djordjevic - rocks-stars-metals-light
David Hudry - Durchgang
Arvo Pärt - Anima
Lukas Lauermann - How I Remember Now I Remember How
Alma - Oeo
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Gnigler: Straight On, Downstairs, 2nd Door Left

Founded in 2013 by the young Austrian saxophonist Jakob Gnigler, the sextet has created its own musical world, full of the unexpected and the unpredictable. The individual versus the collective, composition versus improvisation, listening habits versus artistic intention – everywhere, contrasts are celebrated, established thought pa erns questioned, hierarchies upended. Find the album right here.
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Xiaoyong Chen: Imaginative Reflections

The sounds on this album seem to come from another world. They spread through space, then disappear, or rather: fade away, evaporate, crystallize, settle as a sediment. This music is about fading away, about reverberations, echoes. European instruments sound Asian, and Asian instruments are integrated into European art music. Find the album right here.
New Releases

Ernst von Siemens Musicfoundation Composers' Prize Winners #2016

Once again the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and col legno join forces to present the portrait-CDs of 2016 composers’ prize winners Gordon Kampe, Milica Djordjevic and David Hudry. 
New Release

Arvo Pärt: Anima

This album is the first-ever compilation of all compositions by Pärt that have been transcribed for saxophone quartet – revealing them, so to speak, without words, “only” through breath, through oscillating columns of air. The Italian Alea Saxophone Quartet master this task brilliantly. Find the album right here.
New Release

Lukas Lauermann: How I Remember Now I Remember How

He plays the cello with celebrated indie bands, writes music for theatre and lm productions, realizes sound improvisations: now Lukas Lauermann presents his solo debut, and invites us to listen into “the great spaces all around” – spaces of memory, chambers of sensation, places of yearning. “Barrier-free modern classical music.” Find the album right here.
New Release

Alma: Oeo

Guess who’s back: Alma are happy to show around again presenting their brand new and highly anticipated 3rd Longplayer Oeo! »... somewhere between the native soil and a dark universe.« Find the album right here.
New Release

iris electrum

Pop music of stunning grandeur, and of moving simplicity. Eleven songs brimming over with ideas, sounds, shapes, defying any stylistic categorization, nimbly commuting between different genres, celebrating diversity and curiosity. Find the album right here.

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Classics
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Songs from the Youth

Even before he became Arnold Schönberg’s student, Alban Berg wrote some 40 Jugendlieder, ’early lieder’: Romantic poetry as mirrored by the Fin de Siècle. 
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Triadic Memories

The sound as the center of being: grown from silence, Feldman reaches the bounds of comprehensibility in Triadic Memories. 
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For Bunita Marcus

"This work, which I have dedicated to Bunita Marcus, [...] deals with the death of my mother, and with the notion of a slow death." 
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