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Ogura, Miharu

Ogura Plays Stockhausen [2 CDS + DOWNLOAD]

Ogura, Miharu: Ogura Plays Stockhausen [2 CDS + DOWNLOAD] (thanatosis produktion)

A double CD of Japanese pianist Miharu Ogura's performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klavierstücke I-XI for solopiano, recorded at the MONOPIANO festival in 2021, bringing to a pinnacle her fascination with Stockhausen's unique approach to this set of compositions, captured in her second live performance after a concert in Tokyo in the same year.
 

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Includes a 20 page booklet with an essay by Robin Maconie, former Stockhausen pupil and author of the book "Other Planets: The Complete Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen 1950-2007

Label: thanatosis produktion
Catalog ID: THT22
Squidco Product Code: 32690

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at MONOPIANO festival, in Fylkingen, Stockholm, on October 24th, 2021, by Goran Stegborn.

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"This 2 CD album features Japanese pianist Miharu Ogura's jaw-dropping rendition of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klavierstücke I-XI, for solopiano, recorded live at MONOPIANO festival 2021. Includes a 20 page booklet with an essay by Robin Maconie, former Stockhausen pupil and author of the book "Other Planets: The Complete Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen 1950-2007".

Pianist and composer Miharu Ogura (b.1996) began her piano studies at age 3 and has been interested in complex rhythms and atonal elements since childhood. At 19 years old, Miharu learned of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen while participating in a masterclass focused on the Klavierstücke held by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich in München. After this experience, she took every possible opportunity to learn a new Klavierstücke. In 2017 she participated in the Stockhausen Courses in Kürten. Following her successful performance of Mantra in 2018, she made her first attempt to play Klavierstücke I-XI in Tokyo, Japan, in 2021. Later the same year, she performed the pieces at the MONOPIANO festival in Stockholm, Sweden - the same performance that's featured on this album.

Miharu was born in Tokyo, where she also graduated from Toho Gakuen College. She's currently based in Frankfurt, Germany and performs in a variety of music scenes as a soloist and ensemble performer."-Thanatosis


Includes a 20 page booklet with an essay by Robin Maconie, former Stockhausen pupil and author of the book "Other Planets: The Complete Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen 1950-2007

Artist Biographies

"Pianist/composer Miharu Ogura (小倉美春) was born in Tokyo/Japan in 1996. Concert tours and projects have already taken her to other European countries, such as Darmstädter Ferienkurse, ManiFeste (Paris), Royaumont, Klangspuren Schwaz (Innsbruck), Festival Mixtur (Barcelona), Monopiano Festival (Stockholm), etc. She has also spent an artistic residency at the Abbaye de Fontevraud in March 2019.

In Japan, she has participated in many interesting projects. At the Hoktuopia International Music Festival in 2018, she performed "Mantra" by K. Stockhausen and "Structures II" by P. Boulez. In 2021 she gave a concert where she played all the piano pieces I-XI by Stockhausen. As a soloist, she has performed in prestigious concert halls such as Steinway & Sons Tokyo, Kioi-hall and Hamarikyu-Asahi Hall.

After winning 2nd prize at the 16th "Kyogaku" contemporary music competition in Japan in 2016, she received seven prizes including the "André Chevillon - Yvonne Bonnaud" prize at the 13th Orléans International Piano Competition in 2018. She was also a finalist at the 81st Japan Music Competition in 2019, and received 2nd prize at the 5th Alfred Schnittke International Composttion Competition in 2021. A impressive comeback was made in 2022 by winning again the "André Chevillon - Yvonne Bonnaud" prize at the 15th Orléans International Piano Competition, where she got a comission by France Musique as well.

She completed her Bachelor's degree at Toho Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Yumiko Meguri (piano) and Masahiro Ishijima (composition). Since 2019, she has been studying in the master program then in Konzertexamen with Florian Hoelscher at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts."

-Miharu Ogura Website (https://miharuogura.mystrikingly.com/)
6/12/2024

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"Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) composed 376 individually performable works. From 1977 to 2003 he composed the cycle of operas LICHT (LIGHT), The Seven Days of the Week, which comprises about 29 hours of music. All of the seven parts of this music-theatre work have had their staged world premières: DONNERSTAG (THURSDAY) in 1981, SAMSTAG (SATURDAY) in 1984, and MONTAG (MONDAY) in 1988, all three produced by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; DIENSTAG (TUESDAY) in 1993 and FREITAG (FRIDAY) in 1996, both at the Leipzig Opera, SONNTAG (SUNDAY) in 2011, at the Cologne Opera. With MITTWOCH (WEDNESDAY), the Birmingham Opera Company presented the last day of the LICHT heptalogy on Wednesday, August 22nd 2012.

After LICHT, Stockhausen intended to compose the hours of the day, the minute and the second. He began the cycle KLANG (SOUND), The 24 Hours of the Day, and until his death in December 2007, he composed the 1st Hour HIMMELFAHRT (ASCENSION) to the 21st Hour PARADIES (PARADISE).

Karlheinz Stockhausen started composing in the early 1950s. Already the first compositions of "Point Music" such as KREUZSPIEL (CROSS-PLAY) in 1951, SPIEL (PLAY) for orchestra in 1952, and KONTRA-PUNKTE (COUNTER-POINTS) in 1952/53, brought Stockhausen international fame. Fundamental achievements in music since 1950 are indelibly imprinted through his compositions: The "Serial Music", the "Point Music", the "Electronic Music", the "New Percussion Music", the "Variable Music", the "New Piano Music", the "Space Music", "Statistical Music", "Aleatoric Music", "Live Electronic Music"; new syntheses of "Music and Speech", of a "Musical Theatre", of a "Ritual Music", "Scenic Music"; the "Group Composition", polyphonic "Process Composition", " Moment Composition", "Formula Composition" to "Multi-Formula Composition"; the integration of "found objects" (national anthems, folklore of all countries, short-wave events, "sound scenes", etc.) into a "World Music" and a "Universal Music"; the synthesis of European, African, Latin American and Asian music into a "Telemusic"; the vertical " Octophonic Music".

Stockhausen's entire oeuvre can be classified as "Spiritual Music"; this becomes more and more evident not only in the compositions with spiritual texts, but also in the other works of "Overtone Music", "Intuitive Music", "Mantric Music", reaching "Cosmic Music" such as STIMMUNG (TUNING), AUS DEN SIEBEN TAGEN (FROM THE SEVEN DAYS), MANTRA, STERNKLANG (STAR SOUND), INORI, ATMEN GIBT DAS LEBEN (BREATHING GIVES LIFE), SIRIUS, LICHT (LIGHT), KLANG (SOUND).

At nearly all world premières and in innumerable exemplary performances and recordings of his works world-wide, Stockhausen either personally conducted, or performed in or directed the performance as sound projectionist.

In a spherical auditorium conceived by Stockhausen, most of his works composed until 1970 were performed at the Expo '70 world fair in Osaka, Japan, for 5½ hours daily for 183 days by twenty instrumentalists and singers, there by reaching an audience of over a million listeners.

In addition to numerous guest professorships in Switzerland, the United States, Finland, Holland, and Denmark, Stockhausen was appointed Professor for Composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne in 1971. In 1996 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Freie Unversität Berlin, and in 2004 received an honorary doctorate from the Queen's University in Belfast. He is a member of 12 international Academies for the Arts and Sciences, was named Honorary Citizen of Kuerten in 1988, became Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, received many gramophone prizes and, among other honours, the Federal Medal of Merit, 1st class, the Siemens Music Prize, the UNESCO Picasso Medal, the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine Westfalia, many prizes from the German Music Publisher's Society for his score publications, the Hamburg BACH Prize, the Cologne Culture Prize and, the Polar Music Prize with the laudation: "Karlheinz Stockhausen is being awarded the Polar Music Prize for 2001 for a career as a composer that has been characterized by impeccable integrity and never-ceasing creativity, and for having stood at the fore front of musical development for fifty years.""

-Karlheinz Stockhausen Website (http://www.karlheinzstockhausen.org/karlheinz_stockhausen_brief_biography_english.htm)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Klavierstuck VI 21:13

2. Klavierstuck I 3:17

3. Klavierstuck II 1:17

4. Klavierstuck III 0:34

5. Klavierstuck IV 2:54

6. Klavierstuck V 5:05

7. Klavierstuck VII 6:11

8. Klavierstuck VIII 1:46

CD2



1. Klavierstuck IX 11:29

2. Klavierstuck XI 11:55

3. Klavierstuck X 22:38

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