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Composer: Kagel, Mauricio (1931-2008)

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Year of birth1931
Year of death2008
NationalityArgentina
Period20th century
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From bandoneon to Beethoven in Belle Époque splendour

Quatuor Renaud Capuçon © Alain Hanel
Intriguing and theatrical Kagel, followed by rich Beethoven from the Quatuor Renaud Capuçon in the opulent Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
****1
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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

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

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

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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