Number 12½ in Stockhausen’s catalogue of works, Stockhausen’s Kontakte for electronic sounds, piano, and percussion uses serialist formulae to explore the sonic possibilities of different frequencies, with transformative results. Its use of sound-shaping techniques in a world before sampling still sounds extraordinary to modern ears.
Stockhausen’s 19 experimental Klavierstücke (of which Aimard presents I-XI) gather together a variety of avant-garde compositional techniques, each piece a fresh contemplation of the mysteries of sound. The performer’s journey takes in Klavierstuck IX, which begins with a single chord played 139 times, gradually getting quieter, and Klavierstuck XI, its score featuring 19 separate musical ideas which the pianist can play in any order, any number of times.
This project is generously supported by The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, and The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
PerformersPierre-Laurent Aimard piano
RepertoireStockhausen: Klavierstück I; Klavierstück II; Klavierstück III; Klavierstück IV; Klavierstück V; Klavierstück VI; Klavierstück VII; Klavierstück VIII; Klavierstück IX; Klavierstück X; Klavierstück XI
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