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Reich: The ECM Recordings / Steve Reich Ensemble


Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 002561502  
Composer:  Steve Reich
Performer:  Shem Guibbory
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Minimalist-music-pioneer Steve Reich found his first home as a recording artist with ECM. This specially-priced set collects three seminal recordings made between 1976 – 1980 and includes Reich’s original liner notes and a new text by Paul Griffiths: “The music can wield immense power through its vibrant architectures of sound in motion… No wonder it has found a worldwide audience.”

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REVIEW:

A New York Times 2016 Gift Guide Selection

Steve Reich a grand old man? He turned 80 on Oct. 3, but the notion still seems preposterous. These discs recall the days (1976-81) when Mr. Reich was storming the mainstream.

­– New York Times
Minimalist-music-pioneer Steve Reich found his first home as a recording artist with ECM. This specially-priced set collects three seminal recordings made between 1976 – 1980 and includes Reich’s original liner notes and a new text by Paul Griffiths: “The music can wield immense power through its vibrant architectures of sound in motion… No wonder it has found a worldwide audience.”

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REVIEW:

A New York Times 2016 Gift Guide Selection

Steve Reich a grand old man? He turned 80 on Oct. 3, but the notion still seems preposterous. These discs recall the days (1976-81) when Mr. Reich was storming the mainstream.

­– New York Times Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
2.
Violin Phase by Steve Reich
Performer:  Shem Guibbory (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
3.
Music for a Large Ensemble by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
4.
Octet by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
5.
Tehillim by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Reich Minimalist No Longer November 9, 2016 By Christopher Abbot See All My Reviews "These three discs in their original LP versions served to continue the expansion of the audience for Steve Reich's music from its minimalist core toward the Classical mainstream, a process that had begun with the release in 1974 of the three-LP set on DG that featured Drumming, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, and Six Pianos. The first disc here, Music for 18 Musicians, was intended to be the follow-up, on DG, for that set, but the powers-that-be at the label declined to release it, and offered it instead to Manfred Eicher's heretofore jazz-only label ECM, where it sold in excess of 100,000 copies. Though the piece has enjoyed many later recordings, including a remake by Reich's ensemble on Nonesuch, this premiere recording has a sharper production and a more expansive performance that has never been bettered. The second disc features the only recordings of the original versions of Music for Large Ensemble and the Octet, plus the much earlier Violin Phase, all performed by members of Steve Reich and Musicians. Music for Large Ensemble occupies a curious middle ground in Reich's canon, not as incisive or innovative as his earlier pieces, nor as classical as the pieces for orchestra from the 1980s, though it bears a close family resemblance to the Variations. The Octet is perhaps more purely propulsive than its later incarnation as Eight Lines, and remains a delight. The Violin Phase is somewhat out of place in this setting. The last disc, Tehillim, represents Reich's first (sung) vocal piece and his first examination of his Jewish heritage. As such, this premiere is again preferable to the later version issues on Nonesuch. Altogether, this set is a crucial component of the Reich discography, and a worthy 80th birthday tribute." Report Abuse
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