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Karlheinz Stockhausen


Label: Wergo

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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Kontakte is a Stockhausen classic from 1959, for electronics, percussion and piano (played here by David Tudor). One of his "moment form" compositions, which "...lead up to no climax, nor do they have prepared, and thus expected, climaxes, nor the usual introductory, intensifying, transitional, and cadential stages which are related to the curve of development in a whole work; they are rather immediately intense and -- permanently present -- endeavor to maintain the level of continued 'peaks' up to the end; forms in which at any moment one may expect a maximum or a minimum, and in which one is unable to predict with certainty the direction of the development from any given point... leading to timelessness."

Cat. number: WER 6009-2
Year: 1992
Composition: 1959/60 Aufnahme [Recording]: 1960 Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln First performed in this version on June 11th 1960, at the 34th Word Music Festival of the IGNM in Cologne. This is the "concert version" of "Kontakte", meant for public performance; another version for electronic sounds was meant for radio broadcast by the composer. On tray card and booklet: © Universal Edition, Wien ℗ 1964/1992 WERGO Schallplatten GmbH, Mainz, Germany © 1992 WERGO Schallplatten GmbH, Mainz, Germany Manufactured in Germany. Printed in Germany. On CD: © Universal Edition, Wien ℗ 1964/1992 WERGO Schallplatten GmbH, Mainz, Germany Manufactured in Germany Packaged in a standard jewel case with 12-page booklet (this contains notes in German, French and English).

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