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Reich: Three Movements/ The Desert Music [Hybrid SACD]

Kristjan Järvi Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Kristjan Järvi
  • Composer: Steve Reich
  • Audio CD (31 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B004YHBAT0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 3 Movements: I. quarter note = 176-184 -Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra 6:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. 3 Movements: II. quarter note = 88-92 -Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra 3:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. 3 Movements: III. quarter note = 176-184Lower Austrian Tonkunstler Orchestra 4:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Desert Music: I. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -Chorus Sine Nomine 7:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Desert Music: II. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -Chorus Sine Nomine 6:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Desert Music: III. Slow, quarter note = c. 85 - Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 - Slow, quarter note = c. 85 -Chorus Sine Nomine17:33Album Only
Listen  7. The Desert Music: IV. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -Chorus Sine Nomine 3:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Desert Music: V. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -Chorus Sine Nomine10:18Album Only

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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. This is the third SACD recording on Chandos by the Vienna-based Tonkünstler-Orchester, Niederösterreich under Kristjan Jarvi, its Chief Conductor and Music Director from 2004-2009. They are joined by Chorus Sine Nomine, one of Austria s leading vocal ensembles and winner of numerous awards and prizes.

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Chorus sine nomine - Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich - Kristjan Järvi, direction

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This was the first piece of Steve Reich I got to know well when it was done at the Proms in around 1987. I found it mesmeric and haunting, but with the slightly more accessible nature of Reich's later works. My philistine ex-wife didn't like it, so I knew it had to be good... I've owned the original Michael Tilson Thomas version since it came out in 1990 and love it, but had I ever reviewed it would have given it four stars because of the slightly shrill chorus and rather clangy, dated recording, though the orchestral playing's very good.

This is both a better performance and a better recording. The former is taught yet musical, slower tempi are given space to breathe, faster ones sound controlled and rapid without being rushed. The ensemble is impeccable, the individual playing top notch and the chorus manage to sound controlled and dynamic without becoming shrill. I have the benefit of a really good Stereo SACD player, and this really makes the most of the extra spaciousness and dynamic headroom of that medium. The CD layer is good, powerful, dynamic and musical, so the basic quality of the recording is first rate. But it really comes to life and pops out of the speakers on SACD as well as sounding less artificial and more natural.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, particularly in 5.1 surround 1 Feb 2013
By droflim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like the first reviewer here I've had the original Michael Tilson Thomas version of The Desert Music for ages and love it, it has become a favourite Reich piece - and I have several. Hence given a 5.1 surround SACD option with glowing reviews (not just here) I felt tempted to this. Do not hesitate - it is a stunning version, especially with the added definition and surround afforded by the format - but just the CD layer is very good. An excellent example of the sense of the SACD format.
In surround, while of traditional 'classical' orchestra-in-front-of-you mode rather than being adventurous and immersive which a modern piece may warrant, the sound is very mid-room and wonderfully alive, the clarity is superb; the players are there with you. And there is the extra Three Movements piece - my only slight gripe (and it is slight) is that a longer gap could have been left between this and The Desert Music (which incidentally runs some three minutes shorter than the Tilson version).
An unhesitating 5 star rating.
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