Karlheinz Stockhausen - Alfons und Aloys Kontarsky* ‎– Mantra

Deutsche Grammophon ‎– 2530 208
Vinyl, LP


A (1.Teil) 35:05
B (2.Teil) 29:55

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The formal plan and skeleton of Mantra for 2 pianists came into being between May 1st and June 20th 1970, in Osaka, Japan. Every morning I composed for ca. 3 hours in my hotel room, before driving at midday to the spherical auditorium at the World Exhibition where, together with 20 young singers and instrumentalists, I performed my music daily from 3.30 p.m. to ca. 9.00 p.m., for over 1 million listeners. The from July 10 to August 18th, I worked uninterrupted on the score in Kürten, and on October 18th at 8.30 p.m. the woork was premiered by the pianists Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky at the "Donaueschinger Musiktage für Zeitgenössische Tonkunst", as a commission from the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden. The gramophone recording for Deutsche Grammophon took place from the 10th to the 13th June 1971 at Munich, in the recording studio at 22 Kreillerstrasse.
Kürten, September 15th, 1971

Die beiden elektronischen Klangumwandler Typ Modul 69B (Entwurf Stockhausen, Herstellung Peter Lawo, Rastatt) wurden vom Südwestfunk Baden-Baden zur Verfügung gestellt.

Printed in Germany by Gebrüder Jänecke, Hannover · Manufactured by Deutsche Grammophon, Hamburg

Made in Germany [on labels]

Gatefold sleeve
Reissued with different label design / printing company and label code on cover

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): 1 ℗ 1972 L71 ◇G 00 2530 208=3 S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): 2 ℗ 1972 L71 ◇G 00 2530 208=2 S2
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