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Reich: Tehillim, Three Movements / De Leeuw, Thomas, LSO


Release Date: 11/08/1994 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79295   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Conductor:  Reinbert De LeeuwMichael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg ChoirSchoenberg EnsembleLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although not as well known as Drumming or Music for 18 Musicians, 1981's Tehillim has earned its place next to those works in Steve Reich's canon. It's arguably his most mature and fully realized work, taking the various strands which had intrigued him before (including African percussion, the human voice, and the power of subtly changing patterns) and developing them in new and interesting ways. The title is Hebrew for "Psalms," and the chants the female vocals develop throughout are indeed liturgical texts. As such, they have a rhythm of their own which plays off of the steady pulse of the finger cymbals in interesting ways, placing accents in unexpected places. Meanwhile, Reich -- for the first time in his mature career as a Read more composer -- experiments with modulation between keys and other elements of tonality that he had previously ignored. Indeed, when the final movement, after three movements' worth of Reich's characteristic tonal ambiguity, finally "affirms the key of D major as the basic tonal center," as Reich's lucid liner notes helpfully explain, the effect, combined with the increasing power and passion of the female voices, is astonishing.

-- Stewart Mason, AllMusic.com

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TIME called Tehillim (named after the Hebrew word for “Psalm” or “praises”) “infectious, high-spirited” music. London’s The Mail concurred: “Harmonies and rhythms from jazz, the Middle East, Africa, and the Western tradition combine to form something truly special.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tehillim by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Language: Hebrew 
2.
Three Movements by Steve Reich
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 

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