Playlist: Karlheinz Stockhausen

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:01

In May and June Southbank Centre hosts Stockhausen: Cosmic Prophet - a celebration of the architect of modern music that explores the different sides to his revolutionary works.

To help ease you into these three very special projects (which you can discover more on further down this article) we have put together this special chronological playlist to give you a flavour of the remarkable musical mind of Karlheinz Stockhausen.


On Tuesday 14 May we host the he world premiere of a new work for voice, AI and electronics by Actress, which draws on the themes of Stockhausen’s Welt-Parlament.

Actress x Stockhausen Sin {x} II


On 21 - 22 May the energetic young ensemble Le Balcon join forces with London Sinfonietta, the New London Chamber Choir and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music to take on the sonic spectacle of Stockhausen’s monumental opera Donnerstag aus Licht. This will be the first time the opera has been performed in the UK since 1985. 

Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht


And on 1 - 2 June, our Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard curates a weekend of performances of the revolutionary early works of the composer, which charted a new course for music in the 20th century. 

Stockhausen weekend