The London Symphony Orchestra today announced full details of its performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s orchestral masterpiece Gruppen which will take place at 16.30 and 18.15 on Saturday 30 June 2018 in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The announcement comes as Sir Simon Rattle’s second season as LSO Music Director, which runs from September 2018 to June 2019 at the Barbican, goes on sale.
Stockhausen at Tate Modern
Gruppen requires three separate orchestras playing simultaneously, each with its own conductor. 109 LSO musicians will be split into three groups in the Turbine Hall, conducted by Simon Rattle, Matthias Pintscher and Duncan Ward. The audience will be right in the middle of the performance space, enveloped by the sound and encouraged to move around as the work is performed. BBC Radio 3 will record the performances in binaural sound for broadcast later the same evening, allowing listeners on headphones to recreate the aural experience of being in the Turbine Hall.
The LSO and Simon Rattle will also perform Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (And I await the resurrection of the dead), written by French composer Olivier Messiaen to commemorate the fallen in both World Wars.
Both works were inspired by the vast scale of the Alpine mountains surrounding each composer as he worked, Stockhausen in Switzerland and Messiaen in south-eastern France, and both are well-suited for performance in non-traditional venues like the Turbine Hall.
A true landmark in the history of music, Gruppen treated the construction and performance of music in a completely different way, challenging both performers and audiences. Its title refers to 174 ‘groups’ of which the work is comprised – cohesive groupings of musical notes which are not brought together because of their pitch (like a traditional chord), but share a particular characteristic, such as speed, or richness of colour or dynamics. The world premiere took place at a concert in Cologne in 1957 in the Kölner Messe, an international trade fair and conference centre, conducted by three of the most significant avant-garde musicians of the day: Stockhausen himself, Pierre Boulez and Bruno Maderna.
This is the first UK performance of the work not to take place in a concert hall or other venue traditionally associated with classical music. Gruppen has been performed nine times in the UK since its British premiere in Glasgow in 1961. The Turbine Hall – a huge industrial space at the heart of Tate Modern – has been used for a wide variety of performances and events since the gallery first opened in 2000, from Kraftwerk’s eight-day retrospective of concerts to Michael Clark Company’s spectacular residencies.
Stockhausen at Tate Modern is produced by the London Symphony Orchestra, in association with Tate Modern. There will be two performances on Saturday 30 June at 4.30pm and 6.15pm Tickets go on sale in April. For full details please click here.
Tickets for the LSO 2018/19 season are now available
Tickets for the LSO’s full 2018/19 season at London’s Barbican, which was announced in late January, are now on sale to the public. Simon Rattle conducts the opening concert on 16 September which features a world premiere from Sir Harrison Birtwistle, one of eight across the season, as part of an all-British programme. The 51-concert season has a broad concept of the roots, origins and future of music and includes 16 concerts with Simon Rattle conducting programmes developed around folk music and its links to classical music. Gianandrea Noseda conducts world premiere of a World War I centenary commission from composer Sir James MacMillan – All the Hills and Vales Along – in one of five Noseda concerts this season which look at musical homelands and incorporate his continuing cycle of Shostakovich symphonies. François-Xavier Roth also conducts five concerts this season and his festival of new music LSO Futures returns, including the UK Premiere of David Lang’s Public Domain, written for 1000 voices with no musical training and performed in the Barbican foyers. In other highlights, Marin Alsop conducts two performances of Leonard Bernstein’s opera Candide, bringing the LSO’s Bernstein Centenary celebrations to a close; Pianist Daniil Trifonov and the conductor and soprano Barbara Hannigan are the focus of LSO Artist Portraits; Bernard Haitink conducts two concerts marking his own 90th Birthday; and the season comes to a close with the return of the artistic partnership of Peter Sellars and Simon Rattle for a semi-staged performance of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen in the Barbican Hall.
For full details of the LSO’s 2018/19 season and to buy tickets please click here.
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Stockhausen at Tate Modern
Tickets for Stockhausen at Tate Modern will be available in April. For full details click here.
LSO 2018/19 Season
Tickets for the LSO’s 2018/19 Barbican season are available now on the LSO website. Booking in person at the Barbican or by telephone opens on 21 February 2018.
About the London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra [LSO] was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos. As a musical collective, it is built on artistic ownership and partnership. With an inimitable signature sound, the LSO’s mission is to bring the greatest music to the greatest number of people. The LSO has been the only Resident Orchestra at the Barbican Centre in the City of London since it opened in 1982, giving 70 symphonic concerts there every year. The Orchestra works with a family of artists that includes some of the world’s greatest conductors – Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director, Principal Guest Conductors Gianandrea Noseda and François-Xavier Roth, Michael Tilson Thomas as Conductor Laureate and Conductor Emeritus André Previn. Through LSO Discovery, it is a pioneer of music education, offering musical experiences to 60,000 people every year at its music education centre LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, across East London and further afield. With the formation of its own record label LSO Live in 1999 the LSO pioneered a revolution in recording live orchestral music. The LSO strives to embrace new digital technologies – having successfully moved into digital film, Blu-Ray Audio, downloads, streaming and virtual reality – and it continues to innovate with platforms such as LSO Play, a web-based video player that allows people to observe the Orchestra from different angles. The LSO is also a highly successful creative enterprise, with 80% of all funding self-generated.
About Tate Modern
Tate Modern is the world’s most popular museum of modern and contemporary art. Located in the former Bankside Power Station by the river Thames, it opened to the public in May 2000 and attracts around 5 million visitors each year. It is one of four Tate galleries around the country, and part of a wider network of partner institutions – the Plus Tate network – which champion the visual arts in the UK. Tate manages a growing national collection of over 70,000 works of art, acquired and cared for on behalf of the public and shown in venues throughout the UK and across the world.
BBC Radio 3
Since it launched in 1946, the Third Programme/ BBC Radio 3 has been a bold + in the cultural world. It is one of the world’s foremost presenters, creators, commissioners and curators across classical, folk, world, jazz and contemporary music as well as drama, philosophy and ideas. The station is also the most significant commissioner of new and contemporary music in the UK, with 35 new works commissioned annually and broadcasts over 600 concerts a year, including live broadcasts from the greatest classical music festival in the world (BBC Proms). Radio 3’s In Concert programme alone reaches the equivalent of 250 packed concert halls a week, and the BBC Orchestras and Choirs give around 400 concerts a year in over 60 UK locations. The station has always nurtured extraordinary artistic talents, provided a platform for important scientific and political debates/announcements, and broadcast ground-breaking experimental drama – always while delivering its core aim of connecting audiences with pioneering music and culture.