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Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen © Rolando Paolo Guerzoni

Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt
Mon, 28 May 2018   19:30

Stockhausen: »Gruppen« / Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Hamburg International Music Festival

Tickets from €29.00

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Bringing the music festival’s Stockhausen focus to a close, audiences have an opportunity to experience »Gruppen« live, one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces. As part of this performance, the 109-strong orchestra – in this case the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra – is split into three groups, each with its own conductor and playing independently of each other on three separate stages around the audience. And yet, thanks to the chords that roam to and fro, there emerges a large, unified tonal space, one created collectively by all three groups, making even the great orchestral works by Gustav Mahler or Richard Strauss look old. This amazing spectacle has already been performed in sports halls and aircraft hangars, but the half-hour piece is now performed in the large concert hall at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt – and that twice in succession, with a chance to change seats during the interval.

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.


Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

conductor Cornelius Meister

conductor Duncan Ward

conductor Dietger Holm


Karlheinz Stockhausen
Gruppen für drei Orchester

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH

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Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt

The Mehr! Theater is located directly in the heart of the city between Hamburg’s central station and the river Elbe bridges on the grounds of the »Hamburg Grossmarkt«. It is the world’s only theatre in an operating wholesale market. The unique ceiling design and the spatial height of the Grossmarkthalle of around 20 metres make the visit to the theatre a unique experience.

  • Getting Here

    Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt
    Hamburger Großmarkt
    Banksstraße 28
    20097, Hamburg


    Overground train S3 to Hammerbrook
    Underground train U1 to Steinstraße
    Bus M3 to Lippeltstraße

  • Parking

    There are more than 500 parking spaces in the parking lot directly in front of the theatre. The parking lot opens 90 minutes before the start of the event. The parking fee of €5.00 (in cash) must be paid upon entering the parking lot.

  • Accessibility

    Accessibility at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt has been tested and certified with the »Reisen für Alle« system.

  • Opening Hours

    The box office opens 90 minutes before showtime (only on event days).

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