Steve Reich: The ECM Recordings

Steve Reich: The ECM Recordings

by Steve Reich Ensemble


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Steve Reich: The ECM Recordings

Early in his career, Steve Reich released three groundbreaking albums on ECM Records that established his relationship with this forward-looking label and solidified his reputation as a major American composer. With the recording of "Music for 18 Musicians" in 1978, Reich received widespread praise from both listeners and critics, and its success led to the subsequent release in 1981 of "Octet"; "Music for a Large Ensemble"; "Violin Phase," which expanded Reich's catalog of pattern-based instrumental works, and "Tehillim" in 1982, which revealed his interest in his Jewish heritage and his new emphasis on vocal music. This limited-edition package presents these essential albums on three CDs with the original album art reproduced on cardboard sleeves. This is a must-have set that will bring back fond memories for owners of the original vinyl records. Considering the drawback of having to change sides in the middle of "Music for 18 Musicians," many old-timers know that having that cherished performance on CD is a dream come true. Of course, these works have entered the repertoire of many contemporary music ensembles, and several outstanding recordings have been made since these albums first appeared. But this is an important piece of history that collectors and fans of minimalism should snap up immediately.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Ecm Records
UPC: 0028948128662
catalogNumber: 002561502
Rank: 34765


Disc 1

  1. Music for 18 Musicians, for 4 female voices & 16 instruments: Pulse / Sections I-X / Pulse

    1. Pulse / Sections I-X / Pulse  (56:31)

Disc 2

  1. Music for a Large Ensemble, for 2 female voices and small orchestra  (15:37)
  2. Violin Phase, for violin and tape (or 4 violins)  (15:19)
  3. Octet, for 2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, 2 pianos, 2 violins, viola & cello (revised as "Eight Lines")  (17:29)

Disc 3

  1. Tehillim, for 3 sopranos, alto, winds, strings, percussion & keyboards

    1. Pts. 1-2  (17:31)
    2. Pts. 3-4  (12:26)

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