Classical music
Chamber & Recital

Stockhausen: Piano, percussion & electronics

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Hear transcendental, electronica-infused works by Stockhausen for percussion and two pianos.

Southbank Centre Artist in Residence Pierre-Laurent Aimard and his regular collaborator Tamara Stefanovich take on Stockhausen’s Mantra, the composer’s return to fully notated scores after a period of intuitive works, including the percussion piece Zyklus.

When the world-renowned pair performed two-piano music in our 2016/17 chamber music series, The Guardian said ‘It was quite simply impossible to imagine it better done.’

Stockhausen’s stunning Mantra evolves from a single musical figure, the ‘mantra’ of the title, which takes up different musical elements to expand into a virtuosic masterwork. While the piece is performed, it is simultaneously modulated electronically and projected through loudspeakers. One player is equipped with a short-wave radio producing morse code.

In the first half of the concert, Dirk Rothbrust of Ensemble musikFabrik performs the mesmerising Zyklus, a trailblazing solo percussion piece in which the individual performer sets the starting point and tempo.

Incorporating approximately 20 instruments, arranged in a circle around the percussionist, Zyklus employs Stockhausen’s first graphic score (an early review commented: ‘the initial impression is that one is looking... at a drawing by Paul Klee.’)

The player can begin the spiral-bound score, which has no right side up, at any point, and as they play they gradually turn around to focus on each instrument. This is music of mathematical precision that results in a powerfully dramatic performance.

The sound designer this evening is composer Marco Stroppa, the former head of musical research at Boulez’s trailblazing centre for musical development, IRCAM.

It was quite simply impossible to imagine it better done
The Guardian

Performers

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Tamara Stefanovich piano
Dirk Rothbrust percussion
Marco Stroppa sound

Repertoire

Stockhausen: Zyklus for percussion; Mantra for 2 pianos & electronics

Dates & times

2 Jun 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£15 - £20
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

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Concessions

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