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Monday, June 5, 2017

Stockhausen/ The London Sinfoniettta - "Stop" / "Ylem" Vinyl, LP, Album, 1974 (Deutsche Grammophon)


There is a method to his madness, and Stockhausen is clearly the man who was holding the keys to his incredible compositions.  Conceptually minded, these two pieces "Stop" and "Ylem" are made for live performance where the musicians are both on the stage as well as in the audience.  The music on both pieces are textural with quietness, but also a great deal of intensity.  Reading the liner notes I'm aware that perhaps this music is not really made for a recording, but for one to experience it in a concert hall.  Stockhausen seems to have an interest in architecture - both in the sense of space, such as a concert hall, but as well as the openess or space that is in music.  There is a 3D effect in the works that draws one into the aural world of Stockhausen.