Music Edition Winter & Winter

WINTER & WINTER stands for groundbreaking inventions and fascinating developments in audio art and sound recordings. The spectrum includes classical works, jazz, contemporary classical music and audio films (cinema for closed eyes) which are most characteristic for WINTER & WINTER. The founders and owners Mariko Takahashi and Stefan Winter have the philosophy to use the microphone like a painter a brush, sound and music are colors and forms. WINTER & WINTER is breaking through the boundaries of musical genres and is uniting what was previously separate. Uri Caine’s adaptations of compositions by Gustav Mahler are only one example. The works of artists like the exceptional accordion player Teodoro Anzellotti (since 1996), the singer Theo Bleckmann (2004 to 2014), the composer and pianist Uri Caine (since 1992), the contemporary music artist Mauricio Kagel (1998 to 2008), the one and only Paul Motian (1988 to 2011), the cellist and film music composer Ernst Reijseger (since 1997), the sound-creator Fumio Yasuda (since 2000) and the baroque group Forma Antiqva under Aarón Zapico and many others are produced and presented by WINTER & WINTER. Especially Mauricio Kagel, contemporary composer, main author of the New Music Theater, as well as film director, and Paul Motian, the Picasso of jazz, freeing the drums from the role of simple timekeeping, inspire Mariko Takahashi and Stefan Winter over and over again to take the risk and follow a new direction. It is the essential concept of the label to be open to new trends and to develop and co-create them. There is another kind of light and it is music: Beginning of 2016 WINTER & WINTER publishes the outstanding masterpiece of contemporary music „let me tell you“ by Hans Abrahamsen featuring the singer Barbara Hannigan and the Symphonierorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk under Andris Nelsons. The recording became the key to open contemporary music to a wide audience. In 2016 Barbara Hannigan and pianist Reinbert de Leeuw dedicate their album „Socrate“ for the 150th birthday of Erik Satie. There is so much to discover: soundtracks for Werner Herzog, audio films about St. Mark’s Square in Venice, the rediscovery of the fascinating Baroque composer Agostino Steffani, Paul Motian on Broadway, and last but not least „Music for Ironing on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon“. WINTER & WINTER offers both: extraordinary and traditional sound recordings.

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