Just received this today, it's one of ten reissues from DG. I have no idea how often they've put out the two disc Steve Reich set that is part of it, but I have it from its original release and it's excellent. For fans of Reich, it has the longest and most complete version of Drumming every recorded (90 minutes or so).
Anyway, this Stockhausen piece was the main draw here, but it's a little strange that the cover gives no mention to Kurtag, who has two pieces that frame the Stockhausen work (Grabstein Fur Stephan and Stele respectively). The thing is, the Kurtag pieces are excellent, and are more than a match for the centerpiece.
WARNING - don't be tempted to turn up the volume during the opening piece with Guitar, because there are some real blasts of sound later on!!!
Anyway, these are cheap, nicely packaged, if minimal (8 pages booklet, two pages of English). Though more so if you intend to buy more than one and complete the set. It comes in an all cardboard digipac. At least this one sounds amazing. Stockhausen writing for three orchestras, all playing at the same time gives lots of scope for merging sounds, call and response, and other highlights. Along with two really nice Kurtag pieces means it's a winner.
No doubt this disc has been released many times in the past, but I'm new to it.
1. Kurtag: Grabstein Fur Stephan (9:17)
2. Stockhausen: Gruppen (Group) (22:20)
3. Kurtag: Stele