Thursday, July 5, 2007

Steve Reich

Far from being monolithic, Reich's career can be neatly divided in stages. In the first stage (It's Gonna Rain) he was only interested in the process and was largely indifferent to the performance. In the second state (Violin Phase) he was mostly interested in the performance being driven by the process. In his third stage (Music For 18 Musicians), he became interested in the tonal quality (in the "sound") and in harmony (although still from the viewpoint of rhythmic complexity) In the fourth stage , he focused on counterpoint and emotional content (Tehillim), thus shifting the emphasis towards used larger and larger ensembles (Desert Music) and rediscovering his Jewish roots. He then returned to electronic music, but from the vintage point of sampling technology (Different Trains). That brief parenthesis was followed by a new stage: large-scale works for the theater (The Cave) and the concert hall (City Life).

For this post, I combined three of Steve Reich's compositional highlights together.

Tehillim (1981) - Musica Sacra 1999 Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht September 17, 1999. 01 Tehillim Part I-Fast 02 Tehillim Part II-Fast 03 Tehillim Part III-Slow 04 Tehillim Part IV-Fast

Percussion Group Amsterdam & Delta Ensemble - conductor Jurjen Hempel Barbara Borden - soprano Tannie Willemstijn - soprano Yvonne Benschop - soprano Ananda Goud - soprano.

Different Trains (1988) - Muziekcentrum Vredenburg (kleine zaal), Utrecht February 25, 1998.05 I-America-Before the war 06 II-Europe-During the war 07 III-After the war.

The Smith Quartet: Ian Humphries - violin Charles Mutter - violin Nic Pendlebury - viola Deirdre Cooper - cello.

City Life (1995) - Gruber Mozartsaal Konzerthaus, Vienna January 30, 2003.08 "Check it out" (first seconds are missing) 09 Pile driver/ alarms 10 "It's been a honeymoon-Can't take no mo" 11 Heartbeats/ boats & buoys 12 "Heavy smoke".

Ensemble "Die Reihe" - conductor HK (Heinz-Karl).

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