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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen / Gyorgy Kurtag, Friedrich Goldmann, Claudio Abbado

Album Summary

>Kurtág, György : Grabstein fur Stephan, for guitar & instrumental groups, Op. 15c
>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Gruppen
>Kurtág, György : Stele, for orchestra, Op. 33
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

From today's vantage point it would be easy to underestimate the impact of Stockhausen's unheralded use of his resources - three conductors, three orchestras, a multi-layered soundscape defined bye material moving at many simultaneous speeds, and concepts of harmony, rhythm and counterpoint that saw him exploding tradition against a big-bang theory of modernism.

The Musical Times
A landmark in 20th-century music... probably the first work of the post-war generation of composers in which technique and imagination combine on the highest level to produce an undisputable masterpiece.

Karlheinz Stockhausen
Groups (Gruppen) of sounds, noises and sound-noises are completely independent units. Each groups moves within its temporal space. Above all in its own tempo.

German Professor
Stravinsky noticed Stockhausen's calculations demanded a metronome mark of 63.5. Of course, point 5.

The Guardian
... one of the most remarkable and thrilling achievements of the whole total-serial aesthetic.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Groáer Saal, Berlin, Germany (12/1994).


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Works Details

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Grabstein für Stephan, for guitar & instrumental groups, Op. 15c
  • Performer: Jürgen Ruck (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Stockhausen, Karlheinz : Gruppen
  • Conductor: Friedrich Goldmann
  • Running Time: 22 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957
  • Studio/Live: Live

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Stele, for orchestra, Op. 33
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1994
  • Studio/Live: Live