4260063123207

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mantra

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, SWR Experimentalstudio, Michael Acker

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Format: CD

Cat No: NEOS12320

Release Date:  05 July 2024

Label:  Neos

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  4260063123207

Genres:  Classical  Contemporary Classical  

  • Description

    The GrauSchumacher Piano Duo has re-recorded Stockhausen's MANTRA with sound direction by Michael Acker from the SWR Experimentalstudio. In late 1969, Heinrich Strobel, then head of the music department at Sudwestfunk, commissioned Karlheinz Stockhausen to write a new piece for two pianos for the 1970 Donaueschingen Festival. Previous to that, Stockhausen had told Strobel about a vision he had during a flight to Los Angeles. The two pianists were to perform pianistic hand movements in the air when entering the stage which then, after arriving at their instruments, would become sound. Stockhausen had travelled to Osaka in March 1970 for the Expo '70 to present his music in the German Pavilion which he had helped design. During this time, the "VISION for 2 pianos", as the work was originally to be called, became MANTRA for 2 pianists, and the visual part was abandoned in favour of an electronic expansion. The visible non-sound of "VISION" thus became the by nature invisible electronic sound expansion which, however, was vaguely perceptible due to the positioning of the electronic devices next to the pianists.

    Andreas Grau, Gotz Schumacher and Michael Acker have enjoyed a long-standing friendship through numerous performances of the present work MANTRA.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Karlheinz Stockhausen: MANTRA - Beginning
      • 2. Bar 3-10
      • 3. Bar 11-70
      • 4. Bar 71-108
      • 5. Bar 109-120
      • 6. Bar 121-131
      • 7. Bar 132-150
      • 8. Bar 151-188
      • 9. Bar 189-211
      • 10. Bar 212-237
      • 11. Bar 238-261
      • 12. Bar 262-298
      • 13. Bar 299-323
      • 14. Bar 324-421
      • 15. Bar 422-434
      • 16. Bar 435-491
      • 17. Bar 492-529
      • 18. Bar 530-577
      • 19. Bar 578-637
      • 20. Bar 638-640
      • 21. Bar 641-655
      • 22. Bar 656-686
      • 23. Bar 687-854
      • 24. Bar 855-880
      • 25. Bar 881-883
      • 26. Bar 884-End