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Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen

Hauptkirche St. Katharinen

Stockhausen: »Stimmung«

Hamburg International Music Festival

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»Argumentative, always alert and ready to storm towards his vision of the future« – thus a description of Karlheinz Stockhausen by the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung. And it’s certainly true that the composer, who was born near Cologne in 1928, became probably the most uncompromising creator of new sound worlds. This predestined him to be the figurehead of a music festival entitled »Utopia«. The Stockhausen retrospective opens with a performance of his 1968 composition »Stimmung«, in which he makes use of overtone singing to create the impression of polyphony in the listener’s mind. He thus produced meditative music that penetrates to the interior of a sound, music where time itself seems suspended. The Hamburg-based vocal performer Frauke Aulbert is accompanied by the Forum Neue Vokalmusik, which was formed especially to perform this work.

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Forum Neue Vokalmusik vocal ensemble

Christie Finn soprano

Natasha López soprano

Frauke Aulbert alto

Beat Duddeck tenor

Philip Lehmann tenor

Matías Bocchio bass

Sean Williams sound


Karlheinz Stockhausen
Stimmung / für 6 Vokalisten

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Promoter: HamburgMusik


Hauptkirche St. Katharinen

St. Katharinen, one of the five major churches in Hamburg, is regarded as the tallest building in the Hanseatic City. The church was originally designed in the Gothic style – today, the tall windows that flood the interior with light are evidence of this.

  • Getting Here

    Katharinenkirchhof 1
    20457 Hamburg

    Underground line U1: Meßberg
    Underground line U3: Rödingsmarkt
    Bus M4, M6: Brandstwiete
    Bus M3, 35, 37: Rödingsmarkt
    Schnellbus 35 and 37 are subject to surcharge.

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    During events and concerts, parking spaces are available on the church's southern courtyard across from the Speicherstadt and the western courtyard at the base of the steeple.

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    The church's entrance below the steeple is fully accessible for persons with disabilities.

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