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Composer: Kagel, Mauricio (1931-2008)

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Year of birth1931
Year of death2008
NationalityUnknown
PeriodContemporary
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LondonYoung Artists’ Series, Americana ‘18: George Barton & Siwan Rhys

Cage, Kagel, McGarr, Globokar
George Barton; Siwan Rhys

KuhmoTierras de Fuegos

Ginastera, Kagel, Piazzolla, Salgan, Nisinman, Villa-Lobos, Golijov
Niamh McKenna; Mi-Sa Yang; Florin Szigeti; Vladimir Mendelssohn
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Kagel Trios at "Terra Nova", Lockenhaus

© Balazs Borocz
Kagel's startlingly vivid piano trios proved this composer is worthy of a lovingly curated retrospective.
***11
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The terror of games: RIAS Chamber Choir and Ensemble musikFabrik at Musikfest Berlin

Rias Kammerchor and Ensemble musikFabrik at Musikfest Berlin 2013  ©  Kai Bienert / Berliner Festspiele
If there were a gold medal for programming at Musikfest Berlin, it would go to last night’s concert with the RIAS Chamber Choir, Ensemble musikFabrik, and a host of other musicians, gathered under the baton of James Wood.
****1
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Mauricio Kagel's The Pieces of the Compass Rose with the London Sinfonietta and Thierry Fischer

Mauricio Kagel  ©  Katrin Schander
How strange. I was engrossed throughout the London Sinfonietta’s performance of Mauricio Kagel’s The Pieces of the Compass Rose last night, and I have no idea how to describe it. Each of the eight pieces in this remarkable cycle for “salon band” is titled after a point on the compass – and each is, essentially, an evocation of that point.
*****
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Back to the future: Iktus Percussion present Nono, Stockhausen and Kagel at Roulette

©  Iktus Percussion
The 1960s and 70s are famous for breakthrough developments in rock music, but the story was really no different for the field of art music during those decades. The advent of electronics seems to have instilled in composers a fresh thirst for sound-exploration and conceptual writing.
****1
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Exaudi at Kings Place

Members of EXAUDI,  ©  David Jensen
In a pre-performance discussion, the vocal ensemble Exaudi's director James Weeks promised us that they were not just going to stand in a line for their Kings Place performance. And they were true to his word; the singers performed from all parts of the intimate Hall Two and created an immersive, involved listening experience.
****1
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