Sunday, October 12, 2008

Alex Ross talks about Stockhausen

Our favorite music critic has another piece in this week's New Yorker magazine about the performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Gruppen" in a hangar at Tempelhof Airport. You can read the article here, it's rather short and as always, a great read.

"Gruppen" was performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, split into three orchestral groups, and conducted by three conductors, including Simon Rattle. The audience was centered under the horseshoe of the orchestras and were encouraged to switch seats between performances for different acoustical experiences. But before that, the brass, wind, and percussion players performed Messiaen's room-shaking "Et Exspecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum" and altogether, created "the most gripping orchestral concerts [Ross has] attended in recent seasons."

From reading his article, I can't help but wish that I was at that performance!

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