July 30, 2013 – 5:02 am

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BBC Proms 2013 [no label, 1CD]
Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore (director)

BBC Proms 11, live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; July 19, 2013; Excellent internet radio rip.

And now… for something different and offbeat…

Programme notes:

Last summer Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company transformed a disused factory in Digbeth into the fantastical world of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic opera Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’ with two bactrian camels, four helicopters and a wash of yellow light. Tonight Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore revisit the babel tower of the opera’s most dazzling section, Welt-Parlament (‘World Parliament’): a multilingual a cappella tour de force of extended vocal techniques.

Louise Fryer introduces a concert of music by one of the 20th century’s most provocative, revolutionary composers. Gesang der Jünglinge (Song of the Youths) dates from the mid 1950s and is generally hailed as Stockhausen’s first electronic masterpiece, a mind-popping sonic translation of the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, realised live tonight by Kathinka Pasveer who worked closely with the composer for over two decades. Welt-Parlament (World Parliament) was composed 30 years later and is a multi-lingual, virtuosic piece of choral writing for 37 singers, who form a futuristic world parliament discussing the theme of love. It receives its London premiere at the hands of Ex Cathedra and their director Jeffrey Skidmore, who promises listeners “an incredible spiritual feeling” by the end of this dazzling, demanding and hugely complex work.

Thanks to Billeke2 for sharing the show on the net.

Pictures by Chris Christodoulou, posted at - Thanks!

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Gesang der Jünglinge (14 mins)
Track 01. Part A (16.5MB)
Track 02. Part B (14.2MB)

Welt-Parlament (40 mins), from Mittwoch aus Licht
London Premiere

Track 03. Part A (19.9MB)
Track 04. Part B (15.2MB)
Track 05. Part C (12.5MB)
Track 06. Part D (16.0MB)

This show was originally shared as one long track. Gesang der Jünglinge and Welt-Parlament are arbitrarily split for easier access.

Kathinka Pasveer - sound projection
Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore - director

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  1. 4 Responses to “STOCKHAUSEN - BBC PROMS 2013”

  2. Thanks - it’s been a while since I heard Gesange and I’ve also been curious about his more recent work.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Jul 31, 2013

  3. Cool! Always liked Karlheinz’s music, and the audio quality is great.

    By Brazzer on Jul 31, 2013

  4. Very nice. Thanks.

    By jn on Jul 31, 2013

  5. Many thanks. This is a great recording of some stellar music!

    By ictus75 on Aug 3, 2013

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