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Steve Reich - Phases (A Nonesuch Retrospective)


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79962   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Performer:  Garry KvistadRebecca ArmstrongPhillip BushJeanne LeBlanc,   ... 
Conductor:  Steve ReichReinbert De LeeuwBradley LubmanGrant Gershon,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich EnsembleKronos QuartetSchoenberg Ensemble,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reich has had an enormous influence on musicians including Brian Eno, Tortoise, and countless purveyors of electronica. His music is both visionary and surprisingly accessible, and this well-chosen, career-spanning, five-CD compilation gives us his best work...Some feel that Reich's inspiration has diminished of late, but his most recent recording, 'You Are (Variations)', holds its own in this company. Greatest of all, though, is the kaleidoscopic, much-sampled 'Music For 18 Musicians'. A dazzling, hour-long voyage in which strings, voices, tuned percussion, keyboards and bass clarinets weave repetitive ever-developing lines, it's the ultimate iPod soundtrack to a train journey. -- Mike Barnes, The Observer, September 17, 2006 Reich has had an enormous influence on musicians including Brian Eno, Tortoise, and countless purveyors of electronica. His music is both visionary and surprisingly accessible, and this well-chosen, career-spanning, five-CD compilation gives us his best work...Some feel that Reich's inspiration has diminished of late, but his most recent recording, 'You Are (Variations)', holds its own in this company. Greatest of all, though, is the kaleidoscopic, much-sampled 'Music For 18 Musicians'. A dazzling, hour-long voyage in which strings, voices, tuned percussion, keyboards and bass clarinets weave repetitive ever-developing lines, it's the ultimate iPod soundtrack to a train journey. -- Mike Barnes, The Observer, September 17, 2006 Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Performer:  Garry Kvistad (Piano), Rebecca Armstrong (Soprano), Phillip Bush (Percussion),
Jeanne LeBlanc (Cello), Elizabeth Lim (Violin), Evan Ziporyn (Clarinet),
Jay Clayton (Alto), Les Scott (Clarinet), Phillip Bush (Piano),
Marion Beckenstein (Soprano), Jay Clayton (Piano), Russ Hartenberger (Percussion),
Bob Becker (Percussion), Timothy Ferchen (Percussion), James Preiss (Vibraphone),
James Preiss (Piano), Garry Kvistad (Percussion), Steve Reich (Piano),
Steve Reich (Marimba), Nurit Tilles (Piano), Thad Wheeler (Percussion),
Edmund Niemann (Piano), Cheryl Bensman (Soprano)
Conductor:  Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Hit Factory, New York City 
Length: 67 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Different Trains by Steve Reich
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Venue:  Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Tehillim by Steve Reich
Performer:  Yvonne Benschop (Mezzo Soprano), Ananda Goud (Mezzo Soprano), Tannie Willemstijn (Soprano),
Barbara Borden (Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schoenberg Ensemble,  The Hague Percussion Group
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
4. Eight Lines by Steve Reich
Performer:  Liz Knowles (Violin), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin), Ron Lawrence (Viola),
Mark Stewart (Cello), Greg Passelink (Cello), Martha Mooke (Viola),
Patti Monson (Flute), Patti Monson (Piccolo), David Fedele (Flute),
Michael Lowenstern (Clarinet), David Fedele (Piccolo), Michael Lowenstern (Bass Clarinet),
Evan Ziporyn (Clarinet), Evan Ziporyn (Bass Clarinet), Edmund Niemann (Piano),
Nurit Tilles (Piano), Todd Reynolds (Violin), Gregor Kitzis (Violin)
Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bang on a Can
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979/1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1996 
Venue:  Hit Factory, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5. You Are by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Grant Gershon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
Venue:  Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California 
Length: 13 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, California (03/29/2005 - 03/30/2005)
This selection is sung in English and Hebrew. 
6. New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Performer:  Evan Ziporyn (Bass Clarinet), Evan Ziporyn (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1996 
Venue:  Hit Factory, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This work is scored for nine B-flat clarinets and three bass clarinets pre-recorded separately by one performer then sampled onto a tape. 
7. Cello Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; New York City 
Venue:  Kilgore Sound & Recording, New York, NY 
Length: 11 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Cello Counterpoint is scored for one live cello accompanied by a tape of seven previously recorded cello tracks. Maya Beiser plays all eight of the cello tracks heard on this recording.
Kilgore Sound & Recording, New York, NY (09/29/2003 - 09/30/2003) 
8. Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Performer:  Pat Metheny (Electric Double Bass), Pat Metheny (Electric Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: This work is scored for ten electric guitars and two electric bass guitars
pre-recorded separately by one performer and sampled onto a tape. An
eleventh guitar part is played live against the tape. 
9. Triple Quartet by Steve Reich
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola), Jennifer Culp (Cello),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This is a work for string quartet and tape.
Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California (1999 - 2000) 
10. Come Out by Steve Reich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Proverb by Steve Reich
Performer:  Alan Bennett (Tenor), Bob Becker (Vibraphone), Russ Hartenberger (Vibraphone),
Paul Elliott (Tenor), Nurit Tilles (Electric Organ), Edmund Niemann (Electric Organ),
Andrea Fullington (Soprano), Sonja Rasmussen (Soprano), Allison Zelles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Hillier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Theatre of Voices,  Steve Reich Ensemble members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
12. Desert Music by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brooklyn Philharmonic Chorus,  Steve Reich and Musicians,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
13. Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Electric Organ by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich and Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14. Drumming by Steve Reich
Performer:  Ben Harms (Percussion), Garry Kvistad (Percussion), James Preiss (Percussion),
Steve Reich (Percussion), Gary Schall (Percussion), Glen Velez (Percussion),
Thad Wheeler (Percussion), Pamela Wood Ambush (Voice), Jay Clayton (Alto),
Steve Reich (Whistling), Mort Silver (Piccolo), Bob Becker (Percussion),
Russ Hartenberger (Percussion)
Conductor:  Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich and Musicians
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970-1971; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1987 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York, New York 
Length: 17 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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