Steve Reich: Variations, Six Pianos Etc.

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This is a mid-priced reissue of several recordings of Steve Reich compositions originally released in the 1970s and 1980s. Its centerpiece is a 1984 recording of "Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards," performed by the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Edo de Waart; the other two compositions, "Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ" and "Six Pianos," are presented here in 1974 recordings made by Reich himself with his own ensemble. This reissue is welcome for a number of reasons, not least among them the fact that it brings together three of Reich's most winning and accessible compositions at mid-range price. It also fills a gap left by Works: ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This is a mid-priced reissue of several recordings of Steve Reich compositions originally released in the 1970s and 1980s. Its centerpiece is a 1984 recording of "Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards," performed by the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Edo de Waart; the other two compositions, "Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ" and "Six Pianos," are presented here in 1974 recordings made by Reich himself with his own ensemble. This reissue is welcome for a number of reasons, not least among them the fact that it brings together three of Reich's most winning and accessible compositions at mid-range price. It also fills a gap left by Works: 1965-1995's fine ten-disc retrospective, which included a different arrangement of "Six Pianos" and did not include the "Variations" at all. The digital remastering for this reissue was very nicely done, and the warmth of the original analog recordings remains; the performances, too, are impeccable, and those by Reich and his own group are especially impressive. Newcomers to Reich's particular brand of process-generated music he has always eschewed the term "minimalism" will probably find the "Variations" to be the most easily accessible and "Six Pianos" to be the most challenging, but everything on this program is exceptionally lovely. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947159124
  • Catalog Number: 471591
  • Sales rank: 160,586

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Reich Primary Artist, Piano, Marimbas
Jay Clayton Vocals
Glen Velez Piano, Glockenspiel
San Francisco Symphony Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Bob Becker Piano, Marimbas
Steve Chambers Organ, Piano
Ben Harms Glockenspiel
Russ Hartenberger Piano, Marimbas
James Preiss Piano, Glockenspiel, Metallophone
Janice Jarrett Vocals
Timothy Ferchen Marimbas
Joan La Barbara Vocals
Edo de Waart Conductor
Technical Credits
Steve Reich Liner Notes
Dennis Collins Liner Note Translation
Volker Rippe Liner Note Translation
Paul Griffiths Liner Notes
Wilhelm Hellweg Producer
Rudolf Werner Producer
John Newton Producer
Michael Banks Cover Photo
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