Stockhausen at the Tate Modern

"It’s a bit like hearing the big bands of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman play ad libitum at the end of a very long night on the town."

~Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise on Stockhausen's Gruppen

On Saturday 30 June 2018 Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra presented two 20th-century stereophonic masterpieces in the epic space of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern – Stockhausen's Gruppen and Messaien's Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.

This extraordinary cultural event was born out of Sir Simon Rattle’s desire to take ground-breaking LSO performances out of the concert hall and into new and intriguing locations. Discover more below and explore this 3D audio experience for yourself.

When Stockhausen went to the Tate: the full story


Photos by Doug Peters



Listen at Home

BBC Radio 3 recorded the performances to broadcast the same evening and then to stream online in binaural 3D sound.

> Listen again to the radio broadcast (available until 30 July 2018)
> Listen again to Gruppen in binaural sound (available until 30 July 2018)

> Find out more about binaural sound here


Gruppen Score

The Music

Rarely heard live due to its musical and practical demands, Stockhausen’s avant-garde landmark Gruppen is written for three separate orchestras, with the audience literally surrounded by an extraordinary and sometimes overwhelming soundscape. Performed alongside was Messiaen’s powerful fanfare for brass, winds and percussion Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.
> Download the full concert programme and get to know these amazing works (PDF)


Duncan Ward

Q&A with Duncan Ward

We asked one of our three conductors Duncan Ward to tell us about how he is preparing for this unusual concert, working with other conductors and what to listen to next.

"The Turbine Hall is an overwhelming space and I also love the fact that members of the public simply visiting the gallery may stumble across this crazy music."

> Read the Q&A with Duncan Ward


Turbine Hall at Tate Modern

The Performances

Saturday 30 June 2018
4.30pm & 6.15pm
Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London

MESSIAEN Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Matthias Pintscher conductor
Duncan Ward conductor
London Symphony Orchestra

> Full concert details


From the Archive

The LSO last performed Stockhausen's Gruppen in 1983 at the Barbican Centre, with Claudio Abbado, James Judd and Edward Downes conducting. The three orchestras were arranged on specially constructed platforms across the stalls of the Barbican Hall.

Photos: Suzie Maeder



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