Stockhausen: Stimmung

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"Stimmung," translatable as "tuning" or "being in tune with," is a long-form exploration of vocal harmonics for six vocalists and six microphones. The entire piece is based on a low B flat, from which the vocalists spread out harmonically using overtone singing. Clocking in at over one hour in duration, the effect on the listener is simply hypnotic and is similar in many ways to the works of the so-called "minimalist" composers. The overtones of the voices take on the sounds of wind instruments, like a flute or a bassoon. Over the course of the performance, the vocalists are singing meditations on numerous deities from the all over the world, interspersed with various spoken "recitatives" with a somewhat juvenile ...
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All Music Guide
"Stimmung," translatable as "tuning" or "being in tune with," is a long-form exploration of vocal harmonics for six vocalists and six microphones. The entire piece is based on a low B flat, from which the vocalists spread out harmonically using overtone singing. Clocking in at over one hour in duration, the effect on the listener is simply hypnotic and is similar in many ways to the works of the so-called "minimalist" composers. The overtones of the voices take on the sounds of wind instruments, like a flute or a bassoon. Over the course of the performance, the vocalists are singing meditations on numerous deities from the all over the world, interspersed with various spoken "recitatives" with a somewhat juvenile sexual subject matter. Vocal group Singcircle, an avant-garde vocal sextet based in England, perform flawlessly, their eerie overtones floating high above the fundamental notes. ~ Mark W. B. Allender
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/1992
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571161150
  • Catalog Number: 66115
  • Sales rank: 155,953

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Karlheinz Stockhausen Primary Artist
Paul Hillier Bass (Vocal)
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor (Vocal)
Suzanne Flowers Soprano (Vocal)
Singcircle Choir, Chorus
Gregory Rose Conductor, Baritone (Vocal)
Penelope Walmsley-Clark Soprano (Vocal)
Singcircle Ensemble
Nancy Long Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Karlheinz Stockhausen Liner Notes
Edward Perry Executive Producer
Gregory Rose Director, Liner Notes
Martin Compton Producer
John Bickley Executive Producer
Tryggve Tryggvason Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Ave Atque Vale

    Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the more experimental geniuses of contemporary music has died, and though he was highly regarded in his lifetime for his 'invention' of electronic music and pushing the barriers of aural experimentation to limits beyond the imagination of most other composers, his legacy is yet to be fully appreciated. For the novice whose musical experience has not encountered Stockhausen, this DC of the STIMMUNG as performed by the Singcircle is likely as simple a beginning as any. Rather than being composed for his unique combination of 'instruments', this fascinating work was composed for the human voice in response to ancient concepts and images and ideas - part of the mystical mind of the master composer. This is music for the soul and the imagination and does not demand anything more from the listener than release of physical constraints to open the mind to the planes of experience unknown to many of us until Karlheinz Stockhausen opened the windows. A beautiful recording and an appropriate requiem for a true genius. Grady Harp

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