It is a pleasure to be writing for Zeitschichten! Ironically, when I was asked to contribute by Matthias, I specifically said, ‘Sure, as long as I can write about something other than Stockhausen!’ Oh, the irony. One of the disadvantages of teaching music post-World War Two can be difficulties in bringing recordings to class. If [...]
Since his untimely death last year, several new pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen have been premiered posthumously. Yesterday night, the newest of these premieres was given in the Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal at the WDR in Cologne. The composition is part of the larger cycle KLANG which was to contain 24 pieces for each hour of the day. “Balance” is the piece for the seventh hour of the day.
Man kann dem Westdeutschen Rundfunk vorwerfen, dass sich der hauseigene Klassiksender WDR 3 in letzter Zeit immer weiter zu einer Art klassischer Kaffeeklatschrunde entwickelt hat. (Wie die FAZ gestern berichtete wird sich daran wohl auch in Zukunft nichts ändern). Heute jedoch versucht das Sendehaus an alte, glorreichere Zeiten anzuknüpfen und bringt zum 80. Geburtstag Karlheinz [...]
Yesterday we heard Stockhausen’s Mantra at Harvard. Frank Gutschmidt and Benjamin Kobler captivated their audience in a late-night performance that was colorful, precise, groovy, and overwhelmingly lucid. What I liked most about their interpretation was the sense of unity that they created; at times one had the feeling that all the music came from one [...]
Karlheinz Stockhausen “On Thursday, December 13th 2007, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. it will be possible to personally say farewell to Karlheinz Stockhausen in the chapel of the Waldfriedhof in Kuerten (Kastanienstrasse).” – (stockhausen.org/stockhasuen_passes.html) I wish I could go. Interesting video to go along with KONTAKTE. Stockhausen lecturing:
Originally I had intended to take a leave from blogging for a couple of days; there were just too many concerts to write about and some more will follow later on this week. But then I came across this post on Tim Rutherford-Johnson’s fantastic New Music blog. Tim has posted a couple of New Music [...]
Reading the program notes can sometimes be very illuminating. Yesterday, for instance, at the concert of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin and Denes Varjon (piano), I learned something about molecular biology and its application to music. York Höller’s Klangzeichen for piano and wind quintet is a piece based on a Klanggestalt, a melodic structure from which all [...]
After weeks of abstinence I finally bought new CDs, scores, and books yesterday. For those of you who live in Berlin, check out the Kulturkaufhaus Dussmann. It has a huge collection of classical music CDs in the basement. Here is what I bought: 1) The Camerata Salzburg conducted by Sandor Vegh with Bartok’s Divertimento for [...]