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STOCKHAUSEN, K.: Mantra (Pestova-Meyer Piano Duo)

Composer(s):Stockhausen, Karlheinz
Artist(s) Panis, Jan, electronics • Meyer, Pascal, piano • Pestova, Xenia, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572398
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Karlheinz Stockhausen recalled that one day in September 1969 ‘I had the idea of one single musical figure or formula that would be expanded over a very long period of time…I wrote down this melody on an envelope.’ Thus was born Mantra, the first mature example of Stockhausen’s ‘formula’ technique which was to dominate his output until his death in 2007. Effectively a trio including a sound projectionist, Mantra retains a good deal of freedom, transcendental mysticism and playful, abandoned inventiveness within its quasi-serialist approach. This recording is the first to use digital technology, with equipment specially designed by Stockhausen’s former assistant Jan Panis, and approved by the composer.


   




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Review By Francisco Ramos,Scherzo,June 2011

Tal vez sea Mantra la obra de Stockhausen (1928–2007) que nás vices se ha llevado al disco. Junto a Tierkreis es posiblemente la pieza que más interés ha despertado en los intérpretes, pero allí donde Tierkreis , por sus características de obra abierta, suena distinta en cada version, on Mantra la sorpresa no existe, pues se trata de ua obra de escritura férrea (una serie de trece sonidos repartidos en cuarto secciones), a pesar de estar compuesta en una época de expansión en la que las partituras se conciben según determinadas formulas y que, en al resultado sonoro, ofrecen piezas tan llamativas como Hymnen o Stimmung, muy atento aquí el compositor

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Review By Maxime Kaprielian,ResMusica.com,November 2010

Mantra, partition emblématique du Stockhausen « deuxième période » (qui commence avec Stimmung en 1968), est à l’origine pour deux pianos, les pianistes maniant aussi crotales, wood-blocks et postes de radio à ondes courtes produisant des codes en morse. A cet attirail le compositeur ajoute à chaque piano un modulateur en anneau qui génère, à l’attaque de chaque son, une série d’ondes sinusoïdales modifiant ainsi le timbre des claviers. Un troisième interprète est donc nécessaire. Mantra est une des rares œuvres de cette époque totalement écrites par Stockhausen, qui ne fait pas intervenir

Après les versions « historiques » de Janka et Jürg Wyttenbach (1 CD Accord / Universal) et de Alfons et Aloys Kontarsky (1 CD Deutsch Grammophon, réédité par la Stockhausen Verlag), toutes deux supervisées par le compositeur aux manettes de l’électronique, voici la première version moderne proposée par Naxos. Aux modulateurs en anneau et aux générateurs de morse, place est faite à l’informatique musical, géré par Jan Panis, ancien assistant de Stockhausen de 1982 à 1992, qui développa plusieurs logiciels de transformation du son entre autres pour…Mantra. A ses cotés, le jeune duo Pestova/Meyer, deux pianistes à l’aise tout autant dans le grand répertoire que dans la musique contemporaine, tient les claviers. La finesse de la prise de son permet ainsi une bien meilleure appréciation de la transformation des sons des pianos, créant ainsi des effets surprenants de vibrato, grésillement ou granulations, ici bien mieux rendus que dans la version « historique ».

Une œuvre majeure de la musique « mixte », servie par un enregistrement bénéficiant des technologies actuelles.

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Review By Liam Cagney,MusicalCriticism.com,November 2010

Stockhausen’s Mantra was composed in 1970. It was the first piece to be based on the German composer’s formula technique, which subsequently went on to inform all of his later compositional output, most expansively in the Licht opera cycle. This strictly-conceived approach to composition arose after a freer period during the sixties when Stockhausen experimented with open forms, such as the ‘intuitive music’ of the Stockhausen Group, a touring band who performed works by the composer the scores of which were sometimes limited to a short written text or a structural outline. With Mantra, presumably having grown tired of such liberties, Stockhausen returned to a controlled approach.

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Review By Liam Cagney,MusicalCriticism.com,November 2010

Stockhausen’s Mantra was composed in 1970. It was the first piece to be based on the German composer’s formula technique, which subsequently went on to inform all of his later compositional output, most expansively in the Licht opera cycle. This strictly-conceived approach to composition arose after a freer period during the sixties when Stockhausen experimented with open forms, such as the ‘intuitive music’ of the Stockhausen Group, a touring band who performed works by the composer the scores of which were sometimes limited to a short written text or a structural outline. With Mantra, presumably having grown tired of such liberties, Stockhausen returned to a controlled approach.

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