Karlheinz Stockhausen: Spiral 1 & Japan

August 11, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 6, 2009
  • Release Date: July 6, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:21:27
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  • ASIN: B002HPFWYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,151 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 4, 2009
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Over the last 30 years, Karlheinz Stockhausen had bought the rights to the greater part of his recordings away from Deutsche Grammophon and other labels. The composer's music, now available only on Stockhausen's own imprint at high prices, was forgotten by many. Stockhausen's death in late 2007 was expected to unleash a wave of new recordings by labels looking to fill the void and no longer feeling constrained to work with a madman. That hasn't quite happened, but EMI has tested the waters by opening its studio vaults with this 2 CD set of recordings from the 1970s.

Several strands of Stockhausen's work are captured here. The single representative of his early serialist work is "Zyklus" for solo percussion (1959), one of those works of 1950s modernism where the performer can decide where to begin the piece and then proceeds in a circle until he comes back the starting point. This may have been amazing at one point, but when I've got the excellent solo percussion works of Xenakis or Norgard at my fingertips, "Zyklus" has little appeal.

In the late Sixties, Stockhausen stopped composing works as such, but rather sought to produce music based on chance. Somtimes, as in "Wach" and "Japan", the performers would have nothing more to go on than a simple text, a paragraph or two, about what frame of mind they should have. This is dreadful music -- there is a demographic for this kind of improv, but it's not even the contemporary classical one. "Spiral" (1968) and "Pole" (1970) involve one or two musicians responding to sounds received by a shortwave radio. Often the works sound like early musique concrete.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen 7n5K on February 3, 2010
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The performances on this CD are of the highest order, and the digital mastering from original tapes is excellent. For anyone interested in the most sophisticated musical improvisation imaginable, this CD is impeccable. It also contains works from written out scores, also performed at a transcendental level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cosmic Music Fan on June 23, 2010
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Apparently ( according to a friend who works at a classical music store) EMI just announced (June 2010) that they are chopping the number of cd titles in half and I doubt this is one of the ones that will survive the purge. The price is great, the music is great, the performances are great and the sound is great. Don't complain when you have to pay $110 for it used.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Schulte on December 10, 2009
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Please don't listen to harsh criticism of this music. These are fantastic, mystical, otherworldly musical soundscapes, beautifully performed. Some performances make 'Spiral' sound harsh, but these performances bring out the otherworldly beauty in these pieces. As for Stockhaused's mysterious form of improvised music, it's simple. Instead of writing down notes, stockhausen describes his music in words, instructions. The Beatles used the same technique for the orchestral creshendos in 'a Day in the life', and I think Xenakis uses the same technique. So if you like otherworldly mysticism, step into the wonderful world of Stockhausen!
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