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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Doxy's Karlheinz Stockhausen

Doxy is reissuing some superb recording by the old "Beton Music" master... Klavierstuck from 1958 and... yes, Beton Music from 1952... Mantra from 1970.

The quality of both recording - talking about old Deutsche Gramophone's skilled masters - and music is REALLY impressive.

Mantra is... INCREDIBLE,  plainly said... as  also Hasegawa-san agrees:-)


Composed in 1970, Stockhausen’s “Mantra” is a duet for piano written for the Donaueschingen Festival. It is Stockhausen’s first completely scored piece after a long string of largely improvised compositions. Here both pianists play ring-modulated pianos, cymbals, and a wood block. One player is also controlling a recording of Morse code. The purpose of this composition was to explore the idea of a musical “mantra”. The repetition of sounds are intended to place both the audience and the musicians themselves into an altered state of consciousness, thus changing the concert performance into an interactive event where the composer and listener are equals.
Double (2 x 45 rpm discs) 180 gram HQ virgin vinyl - ltd. numbered edition 500 copies worldwide.

I got one.

... ah, those Telefunken M-10...

Karlheinz Stockhausen... the Man from Sirius, as he defined himself shortly before his death.

1 comment:

Iain said...

One of my heroes!