Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
Steve Reich Ensemble
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One of my new favorite pieces of music.
This piece starts with a lot of tension. About 4 or 5 minutes in the woodwinds and marimba kick in, and that changes the overall feel to something slightly lighter and more melodic. A minute or two later some instrument begins playing a sound that I have no idea what it is, but I really like it. This is an outstanding piece of music. Reich puts you in an emotional state and takes you to a place that is entirely beyond words and conceptions, a place of pure experience. This is the opposite of program music and any music that is supposed to "mean" something. As Alan Watts would have said, this music doesn't mean anything but the music itself, and that is why it is so meaningful and so good. Pure experience. Beyond words. I love it.
I am a Reich fan and have owned the 1999 Grammy award winning recording for almost 6 years. I just bought this and I've gotta say, I'm shocked. There's a couple of wrong notes, one is quite evident in Section IIIA, which in this recording is at 12:55. Overall, the recording is certainly historic, and from all accounts, closest to the live performance sound [the 1999 recording was an "idealized" sound]. I bought for the historical value, and even with it's flaws, it's a remarkable work. Give this or the 1999 recording a try.
For Everyone's Information,
my favorite album, and its certainly better than the Other recording of this piece by the same ensemble, (the blue and green one with water on the cover) a total winner.