Stockhausen’s Licht in Amsterdam Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

The “Helicopter String Quartet,” which is exactly what it sounds like, tends to be the headline-maker of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s seven-opera cycle “Licht.” How could it not be? That bonkers moment — it came more than a dozen hours into “Aus Licht” (“From Light”), a breathtaking three-day selection of scenes from Stockhausen’s magnum opus, presented by the Holland Festival here through June 9 — calls for sending a string quartet out of the hall and into a field, where the players board separate helicopters. As they take off, the music begins, broadcast back to the audience on four video screens.