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Reich: Music For 18 Musicians / Ensemble Modern

Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68672   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Performer:  Micaela HaslamRoland DiryWolfgang StryiUeli Wiget,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Steve Reich's 'Music for 18 Musicians,' performed by Ensemble Modern, is a pulsing exploration of percussion and tone. With chord progressions unfamiliar to most listeners, the rhythm unifies the piece as a whole as well as creating texture for each movement.
Composed over two years beginning in mid-1974, 'Music for 18 Musicians' is similar to the minimalist works of Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Like the works of the other minimalists, Reich's work breaks many rules while maintaining a connection to other musical traditions. While unmistakably modern, Reich's compositional techniques have a lot in common with 12th-century ecclesiastical composer Pérotin, who combined swift and complex polyphony with a much slower bass line of Gregorian
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The intriguing nature of this composition makes for fascinating listening. Created without the use of synthesized instruments, these sounds are remarkably unusual. The listener will be as interested in how the music is performed as in how it sounds. Read less

Works on This Recording

Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Performer:  Micaela Haslam (Soprano), Roland Diry (Clarinet), Wolfgang Stryi (Clarinet),
Roland Diry (Bass Clarinet), Wolfgang Stryi (Bass Clarinet), Ueli Wiget (Piano),
Hermann Kretzschmar (Piano), Olive Simpson (Soprano), Daniel Krüerke (Piano),
Kristi Becker (Piano), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Benjamin Kobler (Piano),
Rumi Ogawa-Helferich (Percussion), Rainer Römer (Percussion), Pascal Pons (Percussion),
Yuko Suzuki (Percussion), Russ Hartenberger (Percussion), Bob Becker (Percussion),
Boris Müller (Percussion), Carol Canning (Alto), Jagdish Mistry (Violin),
Eva Böcker (Cello), Philipp Vandré (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  Hessian Radio Studios, Frankfurt 
Length: 58 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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