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Proms 2013 Prom 11: Stockhausen

Prom 11: Stockhausen
Prom 11: Stockhausen
22:15 Fri 19 Jul 2013 Royal Albert Hall
Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra perform Welt-Parlament, the a cappella Babel tower centrepiece of Stockhausen’s opera Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’. Sound-projectionist Kathinka Pasveer oversees Gesang der Jünglinge, the visionary composer’s first masterpiece.
Jeffrey Skidmore and Ex Cathedra perform Welt-Parlament, the a cappella Babel tower centrepiece of Stockhausen’s opera Mittwoch aus ‘Licht’. Sound-projectionist Kathinka Pasveer oversees Gesang der Jünglinge, the visionary composer’s first masterpiece.

Programme

      • Gesang der Jünglinge(14 mins)
      • Mittwoch aus 'Licht' – Welt-Parlament(40 mins)London premiere

Performers

About this event

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. Written 30 years earlier, Gesang der Jünglinge has been hailed as Stockhausen’s first electronic masterpiece, a mind-popping sonic translation of the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

There will be no interval