DG Concerts - Minimalist Jukebox - Reich: Variations for Winds, Three Movements, Tehillim
Los Angeles Philharmonic & Stefan Asbury
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An Amazing Journey
Put on your head phones, yes, your head phones !! and zero down to the transportive power of this music. Three Movements for Orchestra is beyond the beyond. Go there !
Kill me, please
First of all, i LOVE Steve Reich. He is my favorite Composer. But THIS is rediculous. for starters, the tempos on Tehilim are far too slow, generally. Second, there are Numerous mistakes in Tehilim, i can Hear them, at 1:33 and in the crotaled at 6:00 on part IV, for example. I saw this live performance myself. the strings and voices had many a wrong note (usualyl in their highjest register.) There are a couple instances in movement three of Three Movements where the groove is practically lost (at 2:05, specifically.) This is Unacceptable on a Professional recording of a Reich piece. I will add that the OSSIA/ALARM will sound recording of TEHILIM (and The Desert Music) is Far superor in Every way, not to mention Emotional and Musical shape and direction (the LA PHIL recording, by conrast is very flkat at key moments in the music.) although I do not even really like the piece Three Movements, the original recording of it, by the Schoenberg Ensemble, is superior. and Lastly, this was not even the LA PHIL. many of the musicians on the stage were not regular performers with the LA Phil, it would seem instead they were some kind of studio "pick-up" group. but this is just opinion, I could be wrong.
Some of the finest music in recent years.
The low rating had to do with the amateurish performances. With such slip-shod technique and poorly concieved visions of the the material this will turn away many who might pick up the disc to give twentieth century music a chance. Try to purchase the Alarm WIll Sound recording of Tehillim and the MTT reading of the Three Movments for Orchestra if you want to know what this beautiful music should sound like.
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