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Bernd Alois Zimmermann "Recomposed" awarded twice

We are very pleased that the WERGO CD box set "Bernd Alois Zimmermann - Recomposed" has been awarded the German Record Critics' Prize and the Diapason d'Or.


Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik

German Record Critics’ Award

Quarterly Critic’s Choice 1/2023, Category Orchestral Music & Concertos


In association with Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award), music critics and journalists from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have come together to award outstanding music and spoken word productions. The best and most interesting new albums released in the last three months are awarded the Quarterly Critic’s Choice. Evaluation criteria include artistic quality, repertoire value, presentation, and sound quality.


Jury Statement:

This small box of three CDs is exceptional in three regards. On the one hand, it documents Heinz Holliger’s and the WDR Symphony Orchestra’s continuing commitment to the music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann with recordings made over a period of 18 years. Secondly, in addition to some compositions that are now rarely heard, previously completely unknown orchestral arrangements have been recorded for the first time – colorful arrangements between bread-and-butter every day and artistic originality. And thirdly, this amazing treasure trove makes it vividly clear how diverse radio was in the 1950s.

(For the jury: Michael Kube)



Diapason Auszeichnung

Diapason d’Or

February 2023

The Diapason d'Or is a recommendation of outstanding classical music recordings. It is awarded by the French magazine Diapason every month in several categories and is considered one of the most important independent music awards in France for classical music recordings.



Bernd Alois Zimmermann


The process becomes visible. Piano pieces serve Bernd Alois Zimmermann as a model for orchestral recomposition through instrumentation. Heinz Holliger brought these forgotten pieces back to the stage and to the public eye in Cologne on the occasion of Zimmermann's 100th birthday. It becomes visible through their juxtaposition: Zimmermann's arrangements emerge in the labyrinthine network of interdependencies of his best-known pieces, his compositional process becomes comprehensible.