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Karlheinz Stockhausen

Gruppen / Carré

Label: Stockhausen-Verlag

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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*2022 Stock. Includes 32-page booklet in German and English.* On volume no. 5 in the ongoing Stockhausen Edition we meet large-scale orchestral works for the first time in the series. The first piece on this CD originates in a commission that Stockhausen received from the WDR, but nobody – perhaps not even Stockhausen – could foresee the kind of music that would eventually come out of this commission. The end result was no less than revolutionary, in its totally new concept of music moving in space, in multi-temporal layers; spatial orchestral music.  In 1958, on 24th of March, the work, named “Gruppen”, was premiered in Cologne. Conductors were Stockhausen, Bruno Maderna and Pierre Boulez. The music merged and diverged between the three groups, it moved in a circle, it united and split up, echoed, called and answered – and “Gruppen” brought well-deserved fame and success to Stockhausen. Musical thought, musical concept, would not be the same in Western art music after “Gruppen” – it was a true new invention, that in a sense liberated music and the way composers could think about music. Static music suddenly became dynamic, and motion in space was incorporated in musical thinking. A new musical dimension was born. - Sonoloco.com

Cat. number: Stockhausen 5
Year: 1992
Gruppen für 3 Orchester (1955-57) was recorded May 9th, 1965, with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln divided into 3 orchestras. Karlheinz Stockhausen conducted Orchestra I (left), Bruno Maderna conducted Orchestra II (middle), and Pierre Boulez conducted Orchestra III (right). Total duration: 24:25 Carré Für 4 Orchester Und Chöre (1959-60 was recorded during the dress rehearsal prior to the premiere on October 28, 1960. The Chor Und Sinfonieorchester Des Norddeutschen Rundfunks Hamburg were divided in four parts. Mauricio Kagel conducted Orchestra/Choir I (left), Karlheinz Stockhausen conducted Orchestra/Choir II (left center), Andrzej Markowski conducted Orchestra/Choir III (center right), and Michael Gielen conducted Orchestra/Choir IV (right). Total duration: 30:50 Comes with a 32-page booklet in German and English.