STEVE REICH (b.1936): City Life for Ensemble, New York Counterpoint for 2 Clarinets and Tape, Vermont Counterpoint for Flutes and Tape, Eight Lines for Ensemble, Music for Two or More Pianos.
Catalogue Number: 12W049
Description: Reich is universally acknowledged as one of the foremost exponents of minimalism, arguably the most significant stylistic trend in late 20th-century music. This chronological survey shows how Reich’s innate curiosity has taken his work far beyond such musical boundaries. One of the first fruits of Reich’s creative quest is Music for Two or More Pianos, in which the influence of Morton Feldman and jazz pianist Bill Evans can be heard. The rhythmic and flamboyant Eight Lines comes from the true heyday of minimalism, while Vermont and New York Counterpoint both explore webs of phased patterns created by multi-tracked instruments. City Life is a dramatic set of impressions of New York, vividly weaving sampled speech and street sounds into a work with symphonic depth of range and expression. Holst Sinfonietta; Klaus Simon (piano).