Stockhausen: Stimmung & Cosmic Pulses

Picture of Karlheinz Stockhausen at the Studio for Electronic Music of the WDR

For the tenth anniversary of Stockhausen’s death we present rare performances of two of his defining masterpieces: the meditative, trance-like Stimmung and the earth-shattering Cosmic Pulses.

Ten years ago, Karlheinz Stockhausen ceased composing on a physical plane – but his music always reached beyond the merely visible. Cosmic Pulses and Stimmung create musical spaces of rapturous, visionary beauty and intensity, and these performers are profoundly committed.

Every Stockhausen performance is a major event, of course – not many composers born in the 20th century speak more directly, or with such an original voice. Stimmung and Cosmic Pulses come from opposite ends of his extraordinary career, and here Cosmic Pulses will be accompanied by a laser installation from audio-visual artist Robert Henke. This is music that demands to be heard – and felt – live, and it’s performed today by artists who knew the composer intimately. 

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