Cosmos Stockhausen 1

Pierre-Laurent Aimard | Tamara Stefanovich


Sat, 01.09. | 11.00 | No. 18325

Kirchensaal MaiHof

Vergangenes Konzert

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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.”

    Radio SRF2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on 5 September 2018, starting at 21:00 (Lucerne time) as part of its “Neue Musik im Konzert” (“New Music in Concert”) program. 

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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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    Tamara Stefanovich

    The pianist Tamara Stefanovich, who was born in 1973 in Belgrad, was only seven when she made her public debut and at the age of 13 became the youngest student to attend the University of Belgrad. After graduating, she continued her training with Claude Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Music Academy of Cologne. Stefanovich performs a wide repertoire and appears regularly at the Salzburg, La Roque d’Anthéron, and Ravenna Festivals, as well as in such leading international concert halls as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and London’s Wigmore Hall. She has worked with the Cleveland, Chicago, and London Symphony Orchestras; the London Philharmonic; the Bamberg Symphony; and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; as well as with composers like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and György Kur-tág. In the 2017-18 season, she made her debut with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, undertook a European tour with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, and appeared with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the BBC Proms and in Aldeburgh and Birmingham. Recitals have taken her to the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Southbank Centre, the Edinburgh Festival, Monte-Carlo, and the Ruhr Piano Festival. Tamara Stefanovich regularly directs interdisciplinary education projects at the Barbican Centre in London and at the Cologne Philharmonie, and in collaboration with the Ruhr Piano Festival she has developed an interactive online guide to Boulez’s Notations. Numerous recordings document her work, the most recent of which include her account of Hans Abrahamsen’s Piano Concerto with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and concertos by Kurtág with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2005, when she joined with Pierre-Laurent Aimard to perform works by Pierre Boulez.

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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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