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John Adams: Grand Pianola Music / Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (1985)

John Adams: Grand Pianola Music / Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (1985)
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Grand Pianola Music (1982) is scored for a small orchestra of winds, percussion, sopranos, and two pianos, and has a light-hearted, humorous, and, at times, sharply parodistic edge.

The work is something akin to a musical ex¬orcism: In it John Adams has brought together a variety of elements from his musical past, including the marches and band music he played in his youth, a touch of Gospel, some Beethovenian piano writing-and even a patently diatonic theme that is reworked until it becomes an archetypal minimalist figure.

Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, dedicated to Betty Freeman, is scored for three alto flutes, three flutes, and three piccolos, plus two solo lines in each of which the soloist plays, one at a time, all three instruments.

For this recording, Ransom Wilson taped all nine ensemble parts plus one solo line, and then added the “live” solo line as the final touch.

Tracklisting

    John Adams
    Grand Pianola Music
    for 3 sopranos, 2 pianos, winds, brass & percussion 32:08

    Pamela Wood Ambush, soprano
    Jane Bryden, soprano
    Kimball Wheeler, soprano
    Ursula Oppens, piano
    Alan Feinberg, piano
    Solisti New York
    Ransom Wilson, conductor

    1. 1st & 2nd Movement
    2. 3rd Movement (“On the Dominany Divide”)

    Steve Reich
    3. Vermont Counterpoint, for piccolo, flutes & tape 8:49

    Ransom Wilson, flute

    This work is scored for three alto flutes, three flutes, and three piccolos, plus two solo lines in each of which the soloist plays all three instruments. In performance all but one solo line are intended to be heard on tape. On this recording Ransom Wilson plays all eleven parts.

    4. Eight Lines (revision of “Octet”), for chamber orchestra 18:12

    Solisti New York
    Ransom Wilson, conductor

    Angel 7 47331-2

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April 28, 2008 Posted by | John Adams, Music_ClassicalModern, Steve Reich, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Steve Reich – Daniel Variations (2008)


Daniel Variations (April 7, 2008)

Composer Steve Reich has called Daniel Variations”A memorial and a remembrance” of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

He embarked upon the piece at the behest of Pearl’s father Judea and the Daniel Pearl Foundation, an organization dedicated to crosscultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communication.

The elder Pearl has said, “Danny was a highly principled person, a gentle soul and a mighty good journalist. He became an icon, and this work by Reich is a tribute to a life that personified our culture, our principles and our dreams.” When the piece received its world premiere on October 8, 2006, at London’s Barbican Hall (as part of the Barbican’s festival Phases, to mark Reich’s 70th birthday), the Guardian called it ‘A haunting work that circles around alternating ideas of celebration and discord.’

‘Daniel Variations’ is both moving and unsettling, and, for the most part, understandably dark in tone. Alex Ross of the New Yorker observed that, in Reich’s writing, there is ‘A new influx of coiled power: fleets of pianos and percussion tap out telegraphic patterns, warning of the next big crash.’

But Reich does offer a glimmer of hope to counterbalance the sense of dread, and the piece is ultimately an uplifting one. Over the course of four movements and approximately 30 minutes, Reich juxtaposes words from Pearl’s life – including his final words – with phrases taken from the Old Testament’s Book Of Daniel. Reich quotes haunting verses in which the prophet Daniel, enslaved in Babylon – the modern-day Iraq – is ordered to interpret the ominous dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, which suggest a wave of terror to come.

In the 2nd and 4th movements, which include lyrical passages written for a string section, Reich evokes the spirit of the modern-day Daniel, who was a violinist as well as a reporter. Pearl was, says Reich, “Someone who stands beautifully and grotesquely at the same time as a symbol of thousands of innocent victims…he was murdered while trying to really give a fair shake to all concerned.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnmRyQJ-1d0

www.stevereich.com

www.myspace.com/stevereichmusic

Tracklisting

01. Daniel Variations (2006) – I. I Saw A 06:24
02. Daniel Variations (2006) – II. My Nam 08:23
03. Daniel Variations (2006) – III. Let t 04:43
04. Daniel Variations (2006) – IV. I Sure 10:10
05. Variations for Vibes, Pianos & String 11:35
06. Variations for Vibes, Pianos & String 06:52
07. Variations for Vibes, Pianos & String 03:34

Here’s little Steven

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Thanks to alienonacid

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April 3, 2008 Posted by | Music_ClassicalModern, Steve Reich, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Steve Reich – Daniel Variations (2008)


Daniel Variations (April 7, 2008)

Composer Steve Reich has called Daniel Variations”A memorial and a remembrance” of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

He embarked upon the piece at the behest of Pearl’s father Judea and the Daniel Pearl Foundation, an organization dedicated to crosscultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communication.

The elder Pearl has said, “Danny was a highly principled person, a gentle soul and a mighty good journalist. He became an icon, and this work by Reich is a tribute to a life that personified our culture, our principles and our dreams.” When the piece received its world premiere on October 8, 2006, at London’s Barbican Hall (as part of the Barbican’s festival Phases, to mark Reich’s 70th birthday), the Guardian called it ‘A haunting work that circles around alternating ideas of celebration and discord.’

‘Daniel Variations’ is both moving and unsettling, and, for the most part, understandably dark in tone. Alex Ross of the New Yorker observed that, in Reich’s writing, there is ‘A new influx of coiled power: fleets of pianos and percussion tap out telegraphic patterns, warning of the next big crash.’

But Reich does offer a glimmer of hope to counterbalance the sense of dread, and the piece is ultimately an uplifting one. Over the course of four movements and approximately 30 minutes, Reich juxtaposes words from Pearl’s life – including his final words – with phrases taken from the Old Testament’s Book Of Daniel. Reich quotes haunting verses in which the prophet Daniel, enslaved in Babylon – the modern-day Iraq – is ordered to interpret the ominous dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, which suggest a wave of terror to come.

In the 2nd and 4th movements, which include lyrical passages written for a string section, Reich evokes the spirit of the modern-day Daniel, who was a violinist as well as a reporter. Pearl was, says Reich, “Someone who stands beautifully and grotesquely at the same time as a symbol of thousands of innocent victims…he was murdered while trying to really give a fair shake to all concerned.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnmRyQJ-1d0

www.stevereich.com

www.myspace.com/stevereichmusic

Tracklisting

01. Daniel Variations (2006) – I. I Saw A 06:24
02. Daniel Variations (2006) – II. My Nam 08:23
03. Daniel Variations (2006) – III. Let t 04:43
04. Daniel Variations (2006) – IV. I Sure 10:10
05. Variations for Vibes, Pianos & String 11:35
06. Variations for Vibes, Pianos & String 06:52
07. Variations for Vibes, Pianos & String 03:34

Here’s little Steven

http://link-protector.com/458742/

Thanks to alienonacid

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April 3, 2008 Posted by | Music_ClassicalModern, Steve Reich, _MUSIC | Leave a comment