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Tierkreis / Zodiac

Artist: Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Tierkreis / Zodiac CD
Label: Wergo
Regular Price: $21.95
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Year: 2002
Format: CD

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As part of the celebration of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 75th birthday, Wergo is proud to release an exceptional new recording of Tierkreis and Zodiac, under the direction of Mike Svoboda. 'Zodiac' is one of Stockhausen's most beautiful and accessible compositions. He created several different arrangements, allowing each interpreter to create his or her own version by using special formulas. With regard to the first of his two realizations on this recording, Svoboda says,'I approached the composition the way jazz musicians approach a standard: take inspiration from the melody and harmonic sequences and then express themselves spontaneously and very individually.' In his second realization, Svoboda gave the musicians just a few structures and asked them to improvise freely on Stockhausen's melodies. These two versions of one of Stockhausen's most important works are a fitting tribute to this controversial master of contemporary composition.
ARTISTS
Wolfgang Fernow (double bass); Stefan Hussong (accordion); Michael Kiedaisch (drums, vibraphone); Michael Riessler (bass clarinet); Scott Roller (cello); Mike Svoboda (trombone, music boxes, direction)
TRACKS
Tierkreis (for bass clarinet, trombone, accordion, percussion, cello, bass and music boxes)

Zodiac (for six improvisors, music boxes and tape)

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