In the GDR, Friedrich Goldmann (19412009) and Georg Katzer (19352019) were the defining minds within a group of then younger composers, which had been growing since the late 1960s and which increasingly audibly contradicted the official demands for "Socialist Realism" in artistic creation.
They countered the clichs of musical popularism and mass appeal with compositional concepts aimed at absolutely self-determined stylistics and a degree of technical complexity corresponding to international professional standards. Thus, in the four compositions compiled on this CD, one can observe with ease the departure from serial hermeticism and the openness for sound games, with conventional tonality and traditional craftsmanship, which consciously thematises the relationship of these works with historical European music traditions.
The Munchener Kammerorchester (MKO) [Munich Chamber Orchestra] is known worldwide for its daring and varied programmes that contrast works from earlier centuries with the music of the present in an associative and exciting way. Founded in 1950, the ensemble's core consists of 28 permanent string players. The MKO flexibly expands its line-up in cooperation with a fixed pool of first-class musical guests from top European orchestras. The MKO's tireless commitment to contemporary music is evident in the numerous works it has premiered in recent decades.The orchestra's Principal Conductor is Clemens Schuldt