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Peter Eötvös
Peter Eötvös © Marco Borggreve
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen © Rolando Paolo Guerzoni

Kampnagel K6
Sun, 6 May 2018   19:00

Stockhausen: Donnerstag from »Licht«

Hamburg International Music Festival

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In many of his works, the pan-religious composer Karlheinz Stockhausen chose the everlasting struggle between good and evil as his central theme. This applies to his monumental opera cycle »Licht«, whose total running time exceeds even that of Wagner’s »Ring« at 29 hours, and which has never been performed in its entirety. In seven sections named after the days of the week, Stockhausen uses the three archetypal figures of Eve, St Michael and Lucifer to tell the story of human existence and humanity’s relationship with the divine. Peter Eötvös, this year’s Artist in Residence at the Elbphilharmonie, conducts a semi-staged performance of the third act of »Donnerstag« with a team of well-known Stockhausen specialists, the EuropaChorAkademie and the orchestra of the Musikhochschule in Hamburg.

Karlheinz Stockhausen was a great utopian, hence the decision to devote an extensive retrospective to him at the Hamburg International Music Festival. As head of the studio for electronic music at West German Radio (WDR), he used early forms of the synthesizer to create an entire cosmos of thitherto-unprecedented sounds, advancing into new musical dimensions in the process. His works breathe the rhythm of the stars, and get lost in the spiral nebulas of infinity.

»If we tax our mind to the utmost and arrive at the limits of what can be analysed and described, that’s where mysticism begins. That’s my home as a musician, that’s where I want to go.«

Towards the end, the eccentric esoteric even claimed that he was from the planet Sirius. Notwithstanding, Stockhausen was the best-known and most important post-war German composer, influencing artists as diverse as the Beatles, Björk, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Amon Düül, Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Frank Zappa. Stockhausen believed firmly in a higher plane of human existence, and he believed that music was the key to it. It’s worth following him on this path: the utopia of music lives on.


Symphonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg

Europa Chor Akademie

Anu Komsi soprano

Rolf Romei tenor

Michael Leibundgut bass

Evelyn Angela Gugolz Eva dancer

Emmanuelle Grach Michael dancer

Jamil Attar lucifer dancer

Merve Kazokoğlu basset

Paul Hübner trumpet

Lena Schmidt synthesizer

Cornelius Bohn Tontechnik

Kathinka Pasveer sound

conductor Peter Eötvös


Karlheinz Stockhausen
Dritter Akt »Michaels Heimkehr« (Festival/Vision) aus: Donnerstag aus Licht / mit einem Gruß und einem Abschied

Estimated end time: 21:45

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH

In cooperation with Kampnagel

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