Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Oktophonie’ at the Park Avenue Armory Reviewed

English: Karlheinz Stockhausen in March 2005. ...
English: Karlheinz Stockhausen in March 2005. (Photo: Kathinka Pasveer) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

On Wednesday night, in the first of nine performances (three have been added to the initial run by popular demand), the armory presented another Stockhausen spectacular: “Oktophonie,” a 70-minute, electronic work in which the audience sits in the midst of eight speakers, which were placed as if in the corners of a cube. The piece is actually the second act of Stockhausen’s pathbreaking opera “Dienstag” (or “Tuesday”), the fourth installment of “Licht,” a cycle of seven operas, one for each day of the week, an epic to end all epics. The music of “Oktophonie” depicts a cosmic battle between the forces of the archangel Michael and those of Lucifer. But it can also be performed, as it was here, separately as a concert work.

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