Cosmos Stockhausen 1

Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Tamara Stefanovich


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Kirchensaal MaiHof

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Summer Festival

17.08.-16.09. 2018



    Marco Stroppa  sound design
    Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007)
    Mantra for two pianists and ring-modulated pianos

    It is with one of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s most-important works that Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich will open the “Cosmos Stockhausen” series, an homage marking the 90th birthday of the late composer, who died in 2007. Along with their instruments, the two pianists in Mantra have to operate antique cymbals and woodblocks and even two ring modulators as well, which result in amazing electronic transformations of the piano sound. The creative sparks truly fly here. What holds the music together is a memorable melodic design: the “mantra” indicated by the title, which Stockhausen subjects to continual new metamorphoses. He called this approach “formula composition” and would later pursue it in Inori as well, seeing it quite symbolically: “Naturally the unified construction of Mantra is a musical miniature of the unified macrostructure of the cosmos.”

    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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