Terry Riley: In C [2000]

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All Music Guide - François Couture
In 1970, the Montreal avant-garde ensemble L'Infonie recorded one of the most original versions of Terry Riley's "In C" released as the LP Vol. 33: Mantra. The two leaders of the long-disbanded group, poet/singer Raôul Duguay and composer/conductor of the Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec Walter Boudreau, teamed up 27 years later to record another version. Both are very different though. The 1970 L'Infonie recording was propelled by a rhythm section of drums, electric bass, and electric guitar a bold move from Boudreau at the time, which resulted in a groovy rendition far from those recorded by more conventional orchestras. The 1997 released in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
In 1970, the Montreal avant-garde ensemble L'Infonie recorded one of the most original versions of Terry Riley's "In C" released as the LP Vol. 33: Mantra. The two leaders of the long-disbanded group, poet/singer Raôul Duguay and composer/conductor of the Ensemble de la Société de Musique Contemporaine du Québec Walter Boudreau, teamed up 27 years later to record another version. Both are very different though. The 1970 L'Infonie recording was propelled by a rhythm section of drums, electric bass, and electric guitar a bold move from Boudreau at the time, which resulted in a groovy rendition far from those recorded by more conventional orchestras. The 1997 released in 2000 SMCQ version takes the rhythm section out, adds a choir the 12-member Ensemble Vocal de Montréal, a solo voice part Duguay, a psychedelic Indian-like introduction with tablas, sitar, and meditative singing that delays the familiar eight-note pulsation for five minutes, and lyrics to the 53 motifs of the piece. The piece is more grandiose but also sounds less immediate. Part of the essence of "In C" is the feeling of osmosis one gets from each musician's decision to either repeat the same motif or move to the next. But here, the music sounds a bit too staged, too prepared; it remains a good performance though. The program is completed by a Donald Steven piece recorded in 1988 and excerpts from a 1985 recording of Michel-Georges Brégent's "Atlantide" available in a more powerful and complete studio version on Atlantide.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2001
  • Label: Atma Classique
  • UPC: 722056225120
  • Catalog Number: 22251
  • Sales rank: 200,311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In C, for unspecified performers - Terry Riley (35:46)
  2. 2 Straight On Till Morning, for reeds, synthesizer, 2 percussion instrume - Terry Riley (11:28)
  3. 3 excerpts - Terry Riley (9:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Ensemble Primary Artist, Ensemble, Musician
Rene Bernard Bassoon
Lise Bouchard Trumpet
L. Frenette Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Julien Grégoire Percussion
Andre Moisan Clarinet
Olga Razenhofer Violin
Alain Cazade Tuba
Francine Lupien Viola
Guy Thouin Tabla
Evan Green Sitar
Alain Kourie Percussion
Jacques Beaudoin Double Bass
Sylvie Lambert Cello
Nathalie Albert Soprano
Jean-Sebastien Allaire Tenor Saxophone
Martin Auclair Bass
Louise-Andrée Baril Harp
Lise Beauchamp English Horn, Oboe
Geneviève Beaudry Violin
Bene Bernard Bassoon
Walter Boudreau Conductor
Alain Cazes Tuba
Lise Daoust Flute
Philippe Daviet Tenor Saxophone
Albert Devito Trombone
Ensemble Vocal De Montreal Vocals
Michele Gagon French Horn
Sylvie Gauthier Alto
Robin Hornstein Soprano
Manon Lafrance Trumpet
Olivier Laquerre Bass
Isabelle Ouellet Alto
David Packer Tenor Saxophone
Yves Seguin Bass
Jocelyn Veilleux French Horn
Rene Voyer Alto
Technical Credits
Terry Riley Liner Notes
Laurne Major Producer
Alain Chenier Engineer
Yves Lepage Engineer
André Riopel Engineer
Walter Boudreau Liner Notes
Monique Grenier Producer
Richard Lavallee Producer
Roger Pellerin Drawing
Stephane Richer Artistic Director
Laurent Major Producer
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