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Steve Reich, Ensemble Avantgarde

Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music / Piano Phase / Four Organs

Label: Wergo

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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*2022 stock* "What I'm interested in is a compositional process and a sounding music that are one and the same thing" (Steve Reich, 1968). Minimal music, which numbers Steve Reich among its founders and as one of its most significant representatives, existed for hardly more than ten years. The Ensemble Avantgarde presents a wonderful survey of Reich's minimal music-compositions. The conceptional concentration in the musical work on the structurally simple means of its creation is seen especially in Reich's "Pendulum Music", which is presented here in three different versions. Strict minimal music ended with "Phase Patterns" of 1970.

The Ensemble Avantgarde is an association of musicians in Leipzig who are dedicated to the performance of 20th-century music. Since its founding in 1989, the ensemble has worked with a variable membership under the artistic and organizational direction of Steffen Schleiermacher. Concert tours have taken the group through many European countries, East Asia, and South America. Numerous radio productions and CDs document the work of the ensemble. They have been specially recognized through a grant from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and the Schneider-Schott Prize given by the city of Mainz. 

Cat. number: WER 6630-2
Year: 1999
• Phase Patterns, for four electric organ (1970) • Pendulum Music, for microphones, amplifiers, loudspeakers and performers (1968) [the first and second versions on this disc are recorded with four microphones] • Piano Phase, for two pianos (1966) • Four Organs, for four electric organs and maracas (1970). © 1980 Universal Editions (London) Ltd. Co-Produktion mit dem Sender Freies Berlin / Co-production with Sender Freies Berlin. Recording: Apex-Studio Leipzig, 15.-16. November 1997 (1, 5) Saal 3 des SFB, 5. November 1997 (3), 9. April 1998 (2, 4, 6) Includes a 30 page booklet in German, English and French. Total playing time: 67.25. © All texts included: Schott Music & Media GmbH. © + ℗ 1999 Wergo, a division of Schott Music & Media GmbH, Mainz, Germany. Manufactured in Austria. Printed in Germany.

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