Cosmos Stockhausen 4

Musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Dirk Rothbrust


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17.08.-16.09. 2018




    Cosmos Stockhausen 4

    Musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Dirk Rothbrust

    Musicians of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY  
    Dirk Rothbrust  percussion
    Marco Stroppa  sound design
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
    Gesang der Jünglinge ("Song of the Youths"). Electronic music
    Refrain for three players
    Zyklus for one percussionist 
    Kontakte for electronic sounds, piano, and percussion

    In his later years, Karlheinz Stockhausen claimed that he came from the planet Sirius. In fact, he was born in 1928 near Cologne and experienced the horrors of the Hitler regime and the Second World War as an adolescent. His mother was murdered in the Nazis’ euthanasia program, his father was killed on the Eastern Front, and he himself looked after the dying in a military hospital. No wonder that, after the war, he became one of the most uncompromising minds of the musical avant-garde, advocating a radical departure from sullied tradition, as these four works show. In Gesang der Jünglinge, Stockhausen fused the human voice with electronic sounds for the first time, while also applying the idea of spatial music to create a pioneering work in 1956 that changed the music world. Kontakte builds on this, combining sonorities produced in the studio with live instrumental ones to generate a dazzling sonic storm, while Zyklus from 1959 experiments with controlled chance and has the percussionist choose his own way through the score. 

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    The French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who was born in 1957 in Lyon, studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yvonne Loriod and in London with Maria Curcio. He also took part in the analysis seminars led by Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris and in clas-ses with György Kurtág in Budapest. In 1973 Aimard won the Messiaen Prize in Royan, and ever since then he has been considered the authoritative performer of this composer’s works. When Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976, he appointed Aimard as its solo pianist. He has premiered many important compositions since then, including Répons by Boulez, several of Ligeti’s Etudes, and, in October 2014, Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Sweet Disorder. As a soloist and chamber musician he has also continued to perform the “traditional” repertoire as part of well-designed programs featuring an unusual dramaturgy. In 2007 Aimard was a focus at LUCERNE FESTIVAL as “artiste étoile”; in recent years he has also had residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London. He has served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival since 2009. In the 2014-15 season Aimard is concertizing with the DSO Berlin, the London Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra; with Tamara Stefanovich he will present Boulez’s complete works for piano to celebrate that composer’s 90th birthday. Aimard has won many awards, including the Diapason d’Or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique for his account of Bach’s Art of the Fugue. His recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I) was released in the summer of 2014. Aimard holds professorships at the Academy of Music in Cologne and at the Paris Conservatoire.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1979 in Oiseaux exotiques by Messiaen, with Miltiades Caridis conducting the Swiss Festival Orchestra.

    October 2014

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