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Reich: Music For 18 Musicians


Release Date: 03/31/1998 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79448   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Performer:  Phillip BushSteve ReichJay ClaytonRuss Hartenberger,   ... 
Conductor:  Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc received the 1999 Grammy Award for "Best Small Ensemble Performance."
Here is a classic remade. When Steve Reich unveiled 'Music for 18 Musicians' in 1976, minimalism was taken to another plateau, leaving behind conceptual austerity for more sensual expression. An excellent recording was made for ECM in 1978 with the original performers, seven of whom, including Reich, remain for this new take, part of an ambitious project to record all of the composer's works for Nonesuch.
This performance is very similar to the earlier one, just a shade slower, but ten minutes longer thanks to the greater number of repeats taken within the modular sections. Though perhaps a little of the sense of brinksmanship is missing, the new
Read more version is more clearly recorded, revealing greater detail in the inner workings, especially in quieter moments. Nonesuch deserves accolades for committing to a complete, digitally recorded Reich catalog and this disk offers a crystal clear view of one of his greatest works. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
Performer:  Phillip Bush (Percussion), Steve Reich (Marimba), Phillip Bush (Piano),
Jay Clayton (Alto), Jay Clayton (Piano), Russ Hartenberger (Percussion),
Bob Becker (Percussion), Marion Beckenstein (Soprano), James Preiss (Vibraphone),
James Preiss (Piano), Garry Kvistad (Percussion), Steve Reich (Piano),
Garry Kvistad (Piano), Thad Wheeler (Percussion), Nurit Tilles (Piano),
Cheryl Bensman (Soprano), Edmund Niemann (Piano), Rebecca Armstrong (Soprano),
Evan Ziporyn (Clarinet), Les Scott (Clarinet), Jeanne LeBlanc (Cello),
Elizabeth Lim (Violin), Timothy Ferchen (Percussion)
Conductor:  Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Steve Reich Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  Hit Factory, New York City 
Length: 67 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 

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