Cosmos Stockhausen 4

Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Dirk Rothbrust


Sat, 08.09. | 16.00 | No. 18342

Kirchensaal MaiHof

Vergangenes Konzert

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018



    Pierre-Laurent Aimard  piano and celesta
    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. 

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    Helga Karen

    Die finnische Pianistin Helga Karen, geboren 1991, studierte in Helsinki und Wien und machte 2016 ihren Master in «Spezialisierter Musikalischer Performace» an der Musik-Akademie Basel. Im Fokus ihrer künstlerischen Arbeit steht die zeitgenössische Musik. So hat sie zahlreiche Werke uraufgeführt, ist beim soundSCAPE-Festival, im Rahmen der Impuls Academy oder bei den Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt aufgetreten und hat mit Ensembles wie der Basel Sinfonietta und dem Ensemble Phoenix Basel zusammengearbeitet. Helga Karen wurde u. a. mit dem Ersten Preis beim Wettbewerb «Giovani Musicisti» im italienischen Treviso, bei den Stockhausen-Kursen in Kürten, beim Karlsruher Wettbewerb für Interpretation zeitgenössische Musik und beim Orpheus-Kammermusikwettbewerb ausgezeichnet. 2017 nahm sie an der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY teil.

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    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 with Maria Curcio in London. He also participated in the seminars in analysis led by Pierre Bou-lez at IRCAM in Paris and took courses with György Kurtág in Budapest. Since winning the Messiaen Prize in Royan in 1973, he has been regarded as the authoritative interpreter of this composer’s works. When Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain in 1976, he appointed Aimard as its solo pianist. Aimard has given the world premieres of many significant compositions since then, including Répons by Boulez, several of György Ligeti’s Etudes, and Harrison Birtwistle’s piano concerto Responses. At the same time, he has consistently performed the “traditional” repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, which he presents in carefully thoughtout programs with unusual dramaturgical contexts. Aimard was the 2007 LUCERNE FESTIVAL’s “artiste étoile”; he has also had residencies with the Berlin Philharmonic and at the Vienna Konzerthaus, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tanglewood Festival, and the Southbank Centre in London. From 2009 to 2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. In the past season, Aimard gave recitals in Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, Paris, and Vienna, as well as at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, and he undertook a European tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He has won many prizes, including the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2017; his recording of Bach’s Art of the Fugue received the Diapason d’or and the Choc du Monde de la Musique. His most recent release, which appeared this spring, is a complete recording of Messiaen’s Catalogue d’oiseaux. Aimard is a professor at the Music Academy of Cologne.

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

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    Dirk Rothbrust

    Born in 1968 in Illingen, Saarland, Dirk Rothbrust has established himself as a percussionist in demand worldwide. From 1986 to 1994, he studied in Saarbrücken and Karlsruhe with Franz Lang and Isao Nakamura. He has been a member of the Schlagquartett Köln since 1995, played in the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin from 2001 to 2008, and has been a member of the Ensemble Musikfabrik since 2005. Whether as part of ensembles or as a soloist, Dirk Rothbrust performs at all of the important European festivals for contemporary music and collaborates with the leading composers and performers of our time, among them Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martha Argerich, and Maurizio Pollini; the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann; and the electronic duo Mouse on Mars. As a soloist, Dirk Rothbrust has given the world premieres of such compositions as void by Rebecca Saunders, Beat Furrer’s Xenos III, and Wolfgang Mitterer's rasch, which — like many other works — were written especially for him.

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    Marco Stroppa

    The composer and music researcher Marco Stroppa, who also works as a sound engineer, was born in 1959 in Verona, studied in Italy and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was initially involved with the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale at the University of Padua.  He was invited by Pierre Boulez to move to Paris in 1982 to work and teach at IRCAM; he directed the Department for Musical Research there from 1987 to 1990. Since 1999, Stroppa has additionally taught composition at the Stuttgart Academy for Music and Performing Arts. In 1996 he won the Salzburg Easter Festival composition prize and was presented as part of the Next Generation series at the Salzburg Festival. His opera Re Orso was premiered at the Opéra Comique in Paris in 2012, and in October 2018 his new orchestral work Come Play with Me will receive its world premiere at the Donaueschingen Music Festival.

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