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File under: Contemporary

Steve Reich

The ECM Recording

Label: ECM New Series, ECM Records

Format: 3xCD box

Genre: Compositional

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Marking the occasion of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday (hup, big man!), The ECM Recordings compiles three CDs of the venerable minimalist composer’s major works, which were consecutively released in 1978, 1980 and 1982, and continue to influence and inspire myriad forms of modern music. Named “our greatest living composer” (The New York Times), “America’s greatest living composer” (The Village Voice), and “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker), Reich’s ardent, incisive work since the ’60s has been instrumental in consolidating the structures of numerous strands of far flung music, from west African tribal drumming to Indonesian gamelan with Hebrew cantillation (chanting) and Western Classical modes, in an unprecedented manner that has opened whole new worlds of possibility for any composer or musician working in his wake.

Reich’s use of phasing repetition could be said to predate and inform many of the genres and styles that we hold dearest today - from 4th world ambient to post rock and techno - and does so in way that rings true with his heritage: seeking to acknowledge commonalities between all things, rather than the differences; creating a new musical vocabulary which moved beyond the worldwide atrocities of the early 20th century, therefore placing him among the most astute, important, groundbreaking composers of his generation.

The ECM Recordings presents five prime examples of Reich’s pioneering work; covering perhaps his most expansive, best known piece, the breathtaking Music For 18 Musicians (1978) on the first disc; followed by the perpetual lift of Music For A Large Ensemble, the spiralling string helixes of Violin Phase and the brilliant light of Octet (1980) on the second disc; and the hypnotic Hebrew incantations of Tehillim (1982) in the third disc.

There is little doubt that this is some of the most amazing music in existence. If you haven’t experienced these pieces in full fidelity already, this is the perfect opportunity to change your life.

File under: Contemporary
Cat. number: ECM New Series 2540–42, 481 2865, ECM 2540–42
Year: 2016
"Music for 18 Musicians" Recorded 1976 Studio des Dames, Paris Cover Drawing: "Weaver's Notation" (1976) ℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH "Music for a Large Ensemble / Octet" Recorded February 1980 Columbia Recording Studios, New York "Violin Phase" Recorded March 1980 Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg An ECM Production ℗ 1980 ECM Records GmbH "Tehillim" Recorded October 1981 Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg An ECM Production Liner notes: "Three Acts of Recognition" by Paul Griffiths Notes from the original albums by Steve Reich (1978, 1980, 1982) Booklet Photography: Deborah Feingold (p. 27 – 31, 38) Barbara Klemm (p. 34 – 37, 43) Landry / Girouard (p. 2) On slipcase (back): This limited edition box set contains the three landmark albums [url=https://www.discogs.com/Steve-Reich-Music-For-18-Musicians/master/32930]Music for 18 Musicians[/url], [url=https://www.discogs.com/Steve-Reich-Octet-Music-For-A-Large-Ensemble-Violin-Phase/master/32955]Music for a Large Ensemble / Octet / Violin Phase[/url] and [url=https://www.discogs.com/Steve-Reich-Tehillim/master/32953]Tehillim[/url]. With 44-page booklet including original liner notes by Steve Reich, a new essay by Paul Griffiths, and session photography by Deborah Feingold and Barbara Klemm. An ECM Production ℗ 1978, 1980, 1982 ECM Records GmbH © 2016 ECM Records GmbH On slipcase (spine): Printed in Germany Catalog numbers: ECM New Series 2540-42 on slipcase (spine) and in booklet (back) 481 2865 on slipcase (spine) ECM 2540-42 on slipcase (back) Discs packaged in cardboard jackets, resembling the artwork of the original albums. 3-CD set and booklet housed in a slipcase card box.