The third release on our label features compositions by Georg Katzer, Hermann Keller and Helmut Zapf, played by the Modern Art Ensemble Berlin.
The third release on Edition Kopernikus is a co-production with the RBB Kulturradio Berlin and was recorded and mastered in their own studios.
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With the publication of „written into the extreme...“, the modern art ensemble presents on its most recent release music by three Berlin-based composers, Georg Katzer, Helmut Zapf and Herrmann Keller. All three spent an important and formative portion of their lives in the GDR and here developed, each for himself and in very individual ways, their own personal musical identity. They are also representative for the contemporary musical life in Berlin after the fall of the Berlin wall – thus for a city whose musical life was the product of two traditions which developed in parallel as the result of the aesthetic evolutions in the East and West. The music on this recording documents the unique and solitary mixture which this cultural climate produced and which also made Berlin one of the most important international centers for new music. The five works on this CD were written between 1993 and 2003 and are representative for three important artistic stances in contemporary composition in the newly reunited German capital. Moreover these are works of composers whose art is closely bound to the musicians of the modern art ensemble, with whom all the composers have worked together for many years.