Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians

by Bradley Lubman
     
 
As more ensembles perform and record Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians," its status as a minimalist masterpiece is increasingly affirmed. Ensemble Signal's 2015 release on Harmonia Mundi is one of several amazing performances that have matched Reich's original ECM New Series recording in technical brilliance and expressivity, and

Overview

As more ensembles perform and record Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians," its status as a minimalist masterpiece is increasingly affirmed. Ensemble Signal's 2015 release on Harmonia Mundi is one of several amazing performances that have matched Reich's original ECM New Series recording in technical brilliance and expressivity, and it has even earned the composer's approval for being ."..fast moving, spot on, and emotionally charged." Under the direction of Brad Lubman, Ensemble Signal maintains a relentlessly steady pulse and articulates the interlocking patterns with absolute precision, though the shifting tone colors are perhaps a little clearer in this performance than in other recordings. The microphone placement is not so close that individual instruments stand out, but there is enough separation of parts to allow some sense of direction and the orientation of the smaller sub-groups of pianos, xylophones, marimbas, strings, clarinets, and voices. This is a mesmerizing performance that will transfix listeners, and the music is so compelling that it will linger on well after the CD stops. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2015
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0093046760823
catalogNumber:
907608
Rank:
2239

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Performance Credits

Bradley Lubman   Primary Artist,Conductor
Robert Dillon   Marimbas,Xylophone
David Skidmore   Piano,Marimbas
Peter Martin   Piano,Vibes
Owen Clayton Condon   Xylophone
Ensemble Signal   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Steve Reich   Composer,Liner Notes,Concept Design
Michael Riesman   Producer
Robina G. Young   Executive Producer
Bradley Lubman   Artistic Director
Geneviève Begou   Liner Note Translation
Karin Elsener   Graphic Design,Cover Design
Heidi Fritz   Liner Note Translation
Steve McLaughlin   Engineer
Jeff Svatek   Engineer
Ashley Capps   Liner Notes

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