Phases - A Nonesuch Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Steve Reich has a remarkable arrangement for a composer in that he is an exclusive artist for Nonesuch and has been so for more than two decades. Back in 1996, when Reich celebrated his 60th birthday, Nonesuch issued a 10-CD box set of "everything" -- all of the works in the Warner Classics vaults that he had recorded, including some new at the time, such as Steve Reich: Works 1965-1995. With Reich's 70th birthday afoot, the earlier set still in print and Nonesuch belonging to a classical music division that is operating on one lung, it has decided on a more modest approach to the newer observance with Steve Reich: Phases -- A Nonesuch Retrospective, a collection ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Steve Reich has a remarkable arrangement for a composer in that he is an exclusive artist for Nonesuch and has been so for more than two decades. Back in 1996, when Reich celebrated his 60th birthday, Nonesuch issued a 10-CD box set of "everything" -- all of the works in the Warner Classics vaults that he had recorded, including some new at the time, such as Steve Reich: Works 1965-1995. With Reich's 70th birthday afoot, the earlier set still in print and Nonesuch belonging to a classical music division that is operating on one lung, it has decided on a more modest approach to the newer observance with Steve Reich: Phases -- A Nonesuch Retrospective, a collection consisting of five discs. It is an apt description, as apart from "Come Out," everything on this compilation was recorded originally for Nonesuch and produced by Judith Sherman between 1984 and 2005. There is nothing new here, and Steve Reich: Phases -- A Nonesuch Retrospective incorporates the whole of his most recent Nonesuch album, You Are Variations, along with the Nonesuch recordings of The Desert Music, Drumming, and Music for 18 Musicians, all works occupying complete Nonesuch discs. In the first three cases, Nonesuch has added works to flesh the discs out to fill more time than the originals occupied. Reich has done relatively little recording for Nonesuch since 1996, and much of what there has been is rather difficult to compile into a collection like this one; Reich's operas "The Cave" and "Three Tales" are not things even the most disinterested of producers would care to carve into. One development since 1996 that has added considerable interest to Reich's recorded canon is the increasing number of artists other than Steve Reich and Musicians, and specific players for whom he fulfills commissions, who are learning, performing, and recording Reich's work. While Reich is an expert performer of his own music, without others coming into the fold his output will succumb to "Harry Partch Syndrome," a condition whereby the music becomes more or less unperformable after the passing of the composer. There is no reasonable way for Nonesuch to reflect such a wide array of more recent developments in recorded Reichiana -- that is best left to those who enjoy collecting Reich recordings of the single-disc variety. However, there's no denying that Steve Reich: Phases -- A Nonesuch Retrospective is a tremendous bargain; you can get most of his key works here along with others in authoritative readings in a package totaling nearly 400 minutes for roughly the price of a two-disc set. If you have a Reich-loving relative this would make a superb gift, or want to even just test the waters with Steve Reich: Phases -- A Nonesuch Retrospective, which is a very generous and comprehensive starting point. It seems strange to praise a collection of the music of Steve Reich from the standpoint of economics, so it should be mentioned that all of these Nonesuch recordings are, or were, state of the art when made and reflect Reich's intentions to a "T."
Chicago Tribune - John von Rhein
Listeners who have yet to experience the singular aural sensation [Reich's] music can create should not miss the opportunity.
New York Sun - Jay Nordlinger
For a Reich fan -- or a prospective one -- "Phases" is just the thing.

For a Reich fan -- or a prospective one -- "Phases" is just the thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597996227
  • Catalog Number: 79962

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music for 18 Musicians, for 4 female voices & 16 instruments - Steve Reich & Steve Reich (67:36)
  2. 2 Different Trains, for double string quartet & tape - Kronos Quartet & Steve Reich (26:58)
  3. 3 Tehillim, for 3 sopranos, alto, winds, strings, percussion & keyboards - Steve Reich & Barbara Borden (30:30)
  4. 4 Eight Lines (revision of "Octet"), for chamber orchestra - Steve Reich & Robert Hurwitz (17:29)
  5. 5 You Are (Variations), for chorus & ensemble - Steve Reich & Robert Hurwitz (26:59)
  6. 6 New York Counterpoint, for clarinet, bass clarinet & tape - Steve Reich & Evan Ziporyn (11:21)
  7. 7 Cello Counterpoint, for cello & pre-recorded tape (or 8 cellos) - Maya Beiser & Steve Reich (11:38)
  8. 8 Electric Counterpoint, for electric guitar, bass guitar & tape - Steve Reich & Robert Hurwitz (14:49)
  9. 9 Triple Quartet, for 3 string quartets - Steve Reich & Kronos Quartet (14:42)
  10. 10 Come Out, for tape - Steve Reich & Robert Hurwitz (12:59)
  11. 11 Proverb, for 3 sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 vibes & 2 organs - Paul Hillier & Steve Reich (14:11)
  12. 12 The Desert Music, chamber version - Bob Becker & Steve Reich (48:00)
  13. 13 Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, for 3 female voices, 3 marimbas, 3 glockenspiels, vibes & organ - Steve Reich & Steve Reich (16:58)
  14. 14 Drumming, for 2 female voices, piccolo, 4 pairs of bongos, 3 marimbas & 3 glockenspiels - Steve Reich & Steve Reich (56:42)
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Steve Reich Primary Artist
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