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  • Friday,August 5,2022
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    The first recording of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter, performed by Ensemble intercontemporain and conducted by George Jackson, released in June on CD/digital, is now available on vinyl. The composition was originally written to be performed with German visual artist Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz’s film Moving Picture (946-3). "Reminiscent of his earliest work," says the Financial Times, "it is very beautiful." You can take a look inside the vinyl in an unboxing video here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release
  • Wednesday,July 20,2022
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    Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki, available digitally and on CD on September 30, 2022; a vinyl LP version will be released on December 2. The New York Times calls Runner “a calmly luminous orchestral piece with the pulsating, propulsive rhythms that animate much of Mr. Reich’s music.” The San Francisco Chronicle says that Music for Ensemble and Orchestra “is a beautiful and dramatically charged masterpiece, but its impact goes even further than that.” The album track Runner: I. Sixteenths can be heard here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Friday,June 10,2022
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    Nonesuch Records releases the first recording of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter, performed by Ensemble intercontemporain and conducted by George Jackson, on CD and digital today, with the vinyl due August 5. The composition was originally written to be performed with German visual artist Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz’s film Moving Picture (946-3). A video of the composer talking about Reich/Richter may be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Wednesday,April 6,2022
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    Nonesuch Records releases the first recording of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter, performed by Ensemble intercontemporain and conducted by George Jackson, on June 10, 2022, with the vinyl due August 5. The composition was originally written to be performed with German visual artist Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz’s film Moving Picture (946-3). Album preorders are available here now. A video of the composer talking about Reich/Richter may be seen here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Thursday,March 24,2022
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    Composer Steve Reich is on the Song Exploder podcast to talk with host Hrishikesh Hirway about the first movement of his groundbreaking 1988 piece Different Trains and the childhood experiences that inspired it. The New York Times declared the piece, which Kronos Quartet performed on the Grammy Award–winning first recording, “a work of such originality that ‘breakthrough’ seems the only possible description.” You can hear what he had to say here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Friday,October 1,2021
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    Steve Reich will publish Conversations, a new book, via HarperCollins' Hanover Square Press, on March 8, 2022. In the book, the composer speaks with collaborators, fellow composers, musicians, and visual artists influenced by his work—including Nonesuch Records Chairman Emeritus Robert Hurwitz, Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, Stephen Sondheim, Nico Muhly, Brian Eno, Michael Gordon, and others—to reflect on his prolific career as a composer as well as the music that inspired him and that has been inspired by him. The New York Times calls it "a surprising, enlightening series of conversations that shed new light on the music and career of 'our greatest living composer.'" The New Yorker says: "Through this series of insightful, wide-ranging conversations starting from his student days to the present pandemic, we gain a compelling glimpse into the mind of 'the most original musical thinker of our time.'"

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Tuesday,December 1,2020
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    Steve Reich's seminal 1974–76 work Music for 18 Musicians—the Nonesuch recording of which, performed by Steve Reich and Musicians, won a Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance—is among ten compositions chosen to inspire visual artists to create their own works for the inaugural Concord Art Prize. The prize, created by Concord Music Publishing, is open to all UK artists, with a prize of £10,000. "Over the years I have heard from several artists, including Gerhard Richter, saying they have used 18 Musicians while painting, sculpting or working with media," Reich says. "I am very excited to see what it may inspire."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Thursday,May 14,2020
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    Steve Reich spoke with Matty Healy of the band The 1975 on Healy's podcast series for The Face. They discuss his early taped pieces, composed works for performance, and pieces that incorporate the two; the context of the artistic community in which he was writing; and his influence on succeeding generations of artists. You can hear the conversation here. Also in the series are Conor Oberst, Brian Eno, Stevie Nicks, Kim Gordon, and others.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Wednesday,September 18,2019
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    The Guardian has published a number of lists of the Best Culture of the 21st Century (So Far). Several Nonesuch artists and recordings have made the lists, including works by Rokia Traoré, John Adams, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, and more. Also on the lists are films for which Nonesuch released soundtracks by Jonny Greenwood, Clint Mansell, and more.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Reviews
  • Monday,April 8,2019
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    Steve Reich was on New Sounds on Friday to discuss his new piece, Reich/Richter. The piece premiered as part of Reich Richter Pärt, a live performance-exhibition pairing works by Gerhard Richter with the new Reich piece and extant work by Arvo Pärt, at The Shed in NYC on Saturday; performances continue there through June 2. You can hear the episode, which also includes "Valencia," from Caroline Shaw's forthcoming album, Orange, performed by Attacca Quartet, here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Radio
  • Thursday,April 4,2019
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    Reich Richter Pärt, a live performance-exhibition pairing works by Gerhard Richter with a new composition for large ensemble by Steve Reich and extant work by Arvo Pärt, debuts at The Shed in NYC this Saturday, April 6, for the new venue's Opening Weekend. The Reich/Richter collaboration examines the intersection between Richter's formula for his "Patterns" series and Reich's repeating musical structures in a genre-crossing moving picture work made with filmmaker Corinna Belz. Ensemble Signal and the International Contemporary Ensemble, in alternation, give live performances of Reich/Richter through June 2.

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday,December 7,2018
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    Congratulations to all of the Nonesuch nominees for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards: David Byrne for American Utopia; Brad Mehldau and his Trio for Seymour Reads the Constitution!; Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, and Ron Miles for Still Dreaming; Punch Brothers for All Ashore; John Adams for Doctor Atomic; Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet for Landfall; and Judith Sherman, up for Producer of the Year, Classical, for her work including Steve Reich's Pulse / Quartet.

    Journal Topics: Artist News

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