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Riley: In C Remixed / Dangers, Bates, Kotche, Et Al


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Innova   Catalog #: 758   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Terry RileyJack DangersMasonicGlenn Kotche,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


2009 marked the 45th anniversary of Terry Riley's minimalist manifesto In C, and to celebrate the occasion Innova offers a group of "remixes" from 15 individual composers and one collaborating duo. Remixes are the fashion for today's classical composers steeped in contemporary pop music and DJ culture, and happily, each of these 16 tracks treats Riley's material with affection and high spirits while projecting their own individual viewpoints.

Certain ones stand out. Jack Dangers' "In C--Semi-Detached" launches into In C more or less according to Hoyle before slow-moving, whooshing textures and sustained chords slowly enter the fray. Mason Bates, in his
Read more "Masonic" persona, makes liberal use of popping percussive effects and gorgeous, strategically-placed piano chords, presenting Riley's repeating patterns largely in reverse sequence. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid's remix is essentially Riley, laced with sustained timbres and subtle rhythmic manipulation. Daniel Bernard Roumain's "Zachary's Dream" features the violinist/composer emerging center-stage in the final few minutes. Perhaps the Mikael Karlsson/Rob Stephenson collaboration "Xenoglossia" strays farthest from the source, with its almost static transparency and collage-like juxtapositions. String-like sonorities in lower and higher registers shift and wander around without going anywhere in David Lang's "simple mix".

Best of all, however, is the original In C itself, where the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble under Bill Ryan presents one of the most colorful, texturally varied, rhythmically incisive, and intensely expressive renditions I've ever experienced, live or on disc. It may be brief (20 minutes), but it has a lot to say. If you're an In C fan, you'll surely want this stimulating and exceptionally well-engineered release.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. In C by Terry Riley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
2. In C: Semi-Detached by Jack Dangers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
3. Terrycloth Troposphere by Masonic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
4. Smooth by Glenn Kotche
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
5. Bints Mix by Michael Lowenstern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
6. Zinc by Zoe Keating
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
7. Counting In C by Jad Abumrad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
8. In C with Canons and Bass by Nico Muhly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
9. In Sea of C by DJ Spooky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
10. In Cognito by Phil Kline
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
11. In C by Dennis DeSantis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
12. Zachary’s Dream by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
13. In C: Extension by Jack Dangers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
14. Xenoglossia by Mikael Karlsson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
15. Foster Grant Mix by Michael Lowenstern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
16. Is In C In F? by Luke Dubois
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
17. In C by Todd Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
18. In C Remix by Kleerup
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
19. Simple Mix by David Lang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble

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