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Neuhaus, Max

Four Realizations of Stockhausen's Zyklus

Neuhaus, Max: Four Realizations of Stockhausen's Zyklus (Alga Marghen)

Four previously unreleased and unique realizations of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Zyklus" for 21 percussion instruments, recorded 1963-1968 by New York School artist Max Neuhaus.

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Includes a 12 pages booklet with original photos of both official concerts and performances for invited audiences, Max Neuhaus' own comments on the original score and an editorial note by John Rockwell.

Label: Alga Marghen
Catalog ID: 23NMN.054
Squidco Product Code: 13270

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: Italy
Packaging: Digipack
Wergo Studios, 1963; New York, June 164; Cologne, 1965; New York, June 1968.


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1. Zyklus - Wergo Records Studios 1963 9:59

2. Zyklus - Solo Recital, Carnegie Recital Hall - NYC June 2 1964 12:52

3. Zyklus - West Deursche Rundfunk Studios, Cologne, Germany 1965 11:28

4. Zyklus - Columbia Records Studios, NYC June 1968 11:34
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Four previously unreleased realizations of "Zyklus" (different recordings than the one featured on the Columbia LP Electronics and Percussion -- Five Realizations. Recorded from 1963-68.

"The term 'New York School' refers to a circle of composers "'Zyklus' was written in 1959 and is one of the first solo pieces to utilize such a large number of percussion instruments (twenty one). When Neuhaus first started to play this piece there were only three percussionists in the world who could play it. Stockhausen's idea was that a performer would play the piece spontaneously, making its complex decisions on the fly. No one played it this way; it was too difficult. Everyone wrote out his own version of the score and played from it.

Coming from the world of jazz Neuhaus decided he wanted to take up the challenge of playing it spontaneously. At that time percussionists generally played only one instrument at a time. Playing twenty one simultaneously was unheard of. Neuhaus quickly realized that the only way to do it, in fact, was to think of all them together as just one instrument, one multi-surfaced bank of timbre. Neuhaus decided to travel to Europe and go to Darmstadt where Stockhausen was teaching. He wanted to talk to him about the piece.

Stockhausen was interested in the idea that the twenty one instruments had to be physically formed into one instrument and that so much work had been done already. So he offered Neuhaus the big opportunity to perform 'Zyklus' on the first American tour. Stockhausen came over to New York to hear Neuhaus play, but he wasn't satisfied with the improvisation version. It was too long. Neuhaus was determined to teach himself how to do it for this tour. He had another six months. He got down to seven minutes; and he was still improvising, not writing it out. He was ready to play that piece, and played it like nobody had ever heard it before. Each of these four recordings is a document of a true solo performance, one person and two hands, with no additional live help and no overdubbing.

This CD also offers four different kinds of beauty, four proofs that the latitude that Stockhausen allowed, when capitalized on by a performer with creative imagination, could validate Stockhausen as a composer and an entire aesthetic of freedom and control."-Alga Marghen

Includes a 12 pages booklet with original photos of both official concerts and performances for invited audiences, Max Neuhaus' own comments on the original score and an editorial note by John Rockwell.
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