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“Seidener Faden - Silken Thread” is WERGO’s second album portrait of Younghi Pagh-Paan. The first appeared 26 years ago, and this new recording is long overdue, given the composer’s increasing recognition in the field of New Music and the countless international awards she has accrued in recent years, among them the Berlin Art Prize in 2020. Born into a working class family in South Korea, Younghi Pagh-Paan has had a remarkable career: she was a student in Seoul from 1965–72 before receiving a scholarship to study in Germany in 1974. One of her composition teachers was Klaus Huber, whom she later married. In 1994, Pagh-Paan was the first woman in Germany to be appointed a professor of composition. She has been an influential teacher and mentor to a younger generation and a role model for female composers around the world.

Her works have been performed at the most prominent international festivals and have a strongly individual identity, combining western Modernism with elements of traditional Korean music such as microtonal variation rather than chromatic motion.

The E-MEX Ensemble prepared these first recordings in close collaboration with the composer. The newer pieces arose in connection with Pagh-Paan’s chamber opera “Mondschatten” (Stuttgart, 2006) and deal with questions of human existence, mortality, and religious experience. The three older works included here, “BIDAN-SIL” and the two “TA-RYONG” pieces, are anchored in the rituals and instrumental traditions of Korean folk music.

Co-production with Deutschlandradio. With the kind support of Kunststiftung NRW and E-MEX e.V.


TA-RYONG VI for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and percussioon
Silbersaiten – Silver Strings for violin, violoncello and piano
Wundgeträumt – Dreamsore for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello
BIDAN-SIL (Seidener Faden – Silken Thread) for solo oboe, flute, oboe d’amore, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass and Percussion
TA-RYONG III – TSI-SHIN. Duo for two percussionists
Io for clarinet, trumpet, trombone, accorion, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass and percussion


E-MEX Ensemble / Christoph Maria Wagner: conductor

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Seidener Faden - Silken Thread
Chamber Music
Jun 24, 2021
Opus Klassik

Nominated for the OPUS Klassik 2021

68 ′15 ′′

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