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Reich: Daniel Variations


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 406780   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Conductor:  Alan Pierson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaLos Angeles Master Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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The dark, unsettling sound world that Reich conjured from an execution

The circumstances that gave rise to Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations – the brutal killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 – could not be more horrific. Small consolation to say that it has inspired some fine works of art. But this is a very special piece, with Reich trying to make sense of the horror by juxtaposing Pearl’s statements with biblical readings.

-- Gramophone [6/2008]


The dark, unsettling sound world that Reich conjured from an execution

The circumstances that gave rise to Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations – the brutal killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 – could not be more horrific. Small consolation to say that it has inspired some fine works of art. But this is a very special piece, with Reich trying to make sense of the horror by juxtaposing Pearl’s statements with biblical readings.

-- Gramophone [6/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1. Daniel Variations by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Alan Pierson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Los Angeles Master Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; USA 
2. Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Alan Pierson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2005; USA 

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