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Reich: The Desert Music - Three Movements

Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra

Reich: The Desert Music - Three Movements

...pulsating rhythms
CHSA5091 (Chandos)
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1
3 Movements: I. quarter note = 176-184 -

3 Movements: I. quarter note = 176-184 -

Composer Steve Reich
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra
06:38 Play $3.40
2
3 Movements: II. quarter note = 88-92 -

3 Movements: II. quarter note = 88-92 -

Composer Steve Reich
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra
03:26 Play $1.70
3
3 Movements: III. quarter note = 176-184

3 Movements: III. quarter note = 176-184

Composer Steve Reich
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra
04:23 Play $1.70
4
The Desert Music: I. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -

The Desert Music: I. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -

Composer Steve Reich, William Carlos Williams
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, Chorus Sine Nomine
07:56 Play $3.40
5
The Desert Music: II. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -

The Desert Music: II. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -

Composer Steve Reich, William Carlos Williams
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, Chorus Sine Nomine
06:39 Play $3.40
6
The Desert Music: III. quarter note = c. 85, c. 128, c. 85 -

The Desert Music: III. quarter note = c. 85, c. 128, c. 85 -

Composer Steve Reich, William Carlos Williams
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, Chorus Sine Nomine
17:33 Play $6.85
7
The Desert Music: IV. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -

The Desert Music: IV. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -

Composer Steve Reich, William Carlos Williams
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, Chorus Sine Nomine
03:27 Play $1.70
8
The Desert Music: V. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -

The Desert Music: V. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -

Composer Steve Reich, William Carlos Williams
Conductor Kristjan Jarvi
Band Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra, Chorus Sine Nomine
10:16 Play $5.10
Total Running Time 60 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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'Jarvi does full justice to the more lyrical antiphonal passages and, helped by the superbly detailed sound, maintains a clear focus on each of the piece's structural details as well as keeping a firm grip on their sweeping trajectories.'  BBC Music magazine 

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Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra

Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra

The Tonkunstler Orchestra of Lower Austria is among the most important institutions on the Austrian music scene. The main focus of the orchestra's artistic work is traditional repertoire ranging from the classical to the Romantic period through to the 20th century
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Steve Reich

Steve Reich

"There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them," states The Guardian (London).
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The American composer Steve Reich pioneered the style of minimalism in music. He has been hugely influential on contemporary composers such as John Adams, but also on the progressive rock movement of the 80s with bands such as King Crimson and rock musicians such as Brian Eno. The Guardian has described him as one of ‘a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history'.

The Desert Music is perhaps Reich's most ambitious orchestral score to date - a setting of texts by the American poet William Carlos Williams (1886 - 1963) for chorus and large orchestra. It is a highly symphonic piece which is inspired by Reich's own travels in California's Mojave Desert, the White Sands - and perhaps in particular the Alamagordo in New Mexico, which carries sinister associations with secret weapons of mass destruction and suggests a geographical link with the poet's somber warning to mankind in the work's central movement.

Another opportunity to write for large orchestra came when the St Louis Symphony Orchestra commissioned Reich to write his Three Movements. This work was premiered in St Louis under Leonard Slatkin in April 1986. As in The Desert Music, the sizeable string section is divided, here into two subsections which are placed to the left and right of the conductor to create the alternating antiphonal effect that is so characteristic of Reich's style.

Hearing these performances, Steve Reich described them as ‘Incisive, focused, and intense' and continued ‘this recording of Three Movements is the best I have ever heard. The Desert Music is full, rich, yet full of detail. Kristjan Järvi, the Tonkünstler-Orchester, and Sine Nomine perform with a relaxed rhythmic precision that perfectly fits the music. Bravo and thanks to all.'

'...One of the most absolutely exhilarating and pop-shimmering Reich discs of recent years. Coductor Kristjan Järvi (who guides the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and Chorus sine nomine) deserves to clicm the pop charts with this one.' Richard Scheinin, The Mercury News.com


'...a stunningly fine recording, rich and detailed, with extraordinary solid bass, and a broad, deep soundstage. The orchestra and chorus are quite simply amazing. Excellent notes seal the deal. Not to be missed.' Ronald E Grames, Fanfare

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