Stockhausen: Gruppen – The Reviews

“The London Sinfonietta and the Royal Academy of Music’s Manson Ensemble… pulled off a remarkable feat of ensemble, precision and sheer virtuoso performing skills.” The Times **** (only available to The Times online subscribers)

“The London Sinfonietta joined forces with the Royal Academy of Music’s Manson Ensemble to create three ensembles; Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann and Geoffrey Paterson conducted the three groups, sending the music spinning across the hall and occasionally coalescing into intense climaxes.” The Guardian ****

“Not a note is wasted, every moment matters; the effect was both sensuous and melancholic.” The Evening Standard ****

“Gruppen is mesmerisingly all-embracing. If the textures don’t grab you, there are the rhythms. If the rhythms don’t grab you, there are the spatial effects. If the spatial effects don’t grab you, there are the shapes.” The Artsdesk ***** 

“What resulted was another triumph for the on-going collaboration between the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Academy of Music’s Manson Ensemble, at the helm of which was a strong triumvirate that comprised Martyn Brabbins, Baldur Brönnimann and Geoffrey Paterson.” Classical Source

This performance… was yet more excellent advocacy for this difficult music, and it made the best of impressions aurally as well as visually.” Bachtrack ****

“Augmented by players from the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, the London Sinfonietta under Baldur Brönnimann, Martyn Brabbins, and Geoffrey Paterson offered perhaps the finest ‘live’ performances I have yet heard, especially the second time around, when there was almost the sense of an encore – and, as we all know, encores often offer the best performances of all.” Seen and Heard International

“A whole new experience that was not a bit how I imagined” Isadora, Londonist reader

“Like an Alfred Hitchcock soundtrack on acid” Michelle, Londonist reader

“The best 3.1 surround sound system ever” Navin, Londonist reader


Staggeringly good double performance of Stockhausen’s #Gruppen this evening by @Ldn_Sinfonietta. My mind has been blown! @mattkaner

#gruppen three orchestras three conductors wish I had three ears #therestisnoise @adamjeanes

True surround sound… Immersive #Gruppen, amazing @Ldn_Sinfonietta @RoyalAcadMusic Could happily have heard it a 3rd time @CultureGirl11

#Gruppen @Ldn_Sinfonietta Amazing tonight! What a performance. Fantastic job @clay_gold

So awesome to hear Stockhausen’s Gruppen performed tonight. Congrats to @Ldn_Sinfonietta, students from @RoyalAcadMusic and all 3 conductors @ZubinKanga

Absolutely stunning evening hearing @Ldn_Sinfonietta playing Gruppen last night. The interplay between the 3 orchestras was fascinating. @thatdanfeeney


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