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  • Steve Reich spoke with WNYC's New Sounds and shared music from his season-long Carnegie Hall residency, which resumes with a performance of his Tehillim tonight and the upcoming Three Generations, a four-concert, Reich-curated exploration of the changing direction of concert music from the mid-20th century to the present. You can hear the episode and get concert details here.

  • In the 2016–17 season, the Barbican celebrates milestone birthdays of composers Steve Reich, Philip Glass, and John Adams. The series, Reich, Glass, Adams: the Sounds That Changed America, begins with two days celebrating Reich, who recently turned 80, and his music this weekend, featuring Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia and the London Symphony Orchestra. Among the pieces performed over several programs this weekend are Three Tales, Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint, City Life, Drumming, New York Counterpoint, You Are (Variations), Daniel Variations, The Desert Music, the European premiere of Pulse.

  • About This Album

    Reich’s 1985 Nonesuch debut, incorporating poem fragments from William Carlos Williams, was also his first work for large orchestra and chorus; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts. The New York Times praised its “ingenious craft, transfixing rhythmic energy, and gorgeous sound.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Steve Reich and Musicians
    with
    Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Russell Hartenberger, Robert Becker, Glen Velez, Garry Kvistad, principal percussion
    Julie Rosenfeld, concertmistress
    Deborah Redding, principal second violin
    Francesca Martin, principal viola
    Sharon Palmer, principal cello
    Donald Palma, principal bass
    Cheryl Bensman, choral contractor, soprano

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Rudolph Werner and Steve Reich
    Recording Engineer: Paul Goodman
    Editing and Mixing: Karl-August Naegler, Wolf-Dieter Karwatki, Rudolph Werner, John Newton, and Steve Reich
    Recorded October 29 and 30, 1984, at RCA Studio A, New York City
    Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

    Music by Steve Reich
    Text by William Carlos Williams

    Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
    Cover photo: Benno Friedman

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Artist Name: 
Steve Reich
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Release Date: 
Wednesday, December 11, 1985 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Reich’s 1985 Nonesuch debut, incorporating poem fragments from William Carlos Williams, was also his first work for large orchestra and chorus; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts. The New York Times praised its “ingenious craft, transfixing rhythmic energy, and gorgeous sound.”

Description: 

Reich’s 1985 Nonesuch debut, incorporating poem fragments from William Carlos Williams, was also his first work for large orchestra and chorus; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts. The New York Times praised its “ingenious craft, transfixing rhythmic energy, and gorgeous sound.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Rudolph Werner and Steve Reich
Recording Engineer: Paul Goodman
Editing and Mixing: Karl-August Naegler, Wolf-Dieter Karwatki, Rudolph Werner, John Newton, and Steve Reich
Recorded October 29 and 30, 1984, at RCA Studio A, New York City
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Music by Steve Reich
Text by William Carlos Williams

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover photo: Benno Friedman

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79101

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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272
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Sunday, December 1, 1985 - 05:00
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Label: 
CD+MP3
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075597910124BUN
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12.00
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MP3
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603497091867
Price: 
10.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Steve Reich and Musicians
with
Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Russell Hartenberger, Robert Becker, Glen Velez, Garry Kvistad, principal percussion
Julie Rosenfeld, concertmistress
Deborah Redding, principal second violin
Francesca Martin, principal viola
Sharon Palmer, principal cello
Donald Palma, principal bass
Cheryl Bensman, choral contractor, soprano

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