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Reich: Works (1965-1995) [BOX SET] [Box set]

Steve Reich Audio CD
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Steve Reich has been called "...America's greatest living composer." (The Village VOICE), "...the most original musical thinker of our time" (The New Yorker) and "...among the great composers of the century" (The New York Times). From his early taped speech pieces It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to his and video artist Beryl ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Reich Store

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  • Performer: Nurit Tilles, Edmund Niemann, Michael Gordon
  • Orchestra: Reich and Musicians, Hague Percussion Ensemble
  • Conductor: Bradley Lubman, Reinbert de Leeuw, Michael Tilson Thomas, Paul Hillier
  • Composer: Steve Reich
  • Audio CD (30 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J4P
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great and the Good 17 Nov 2005
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I bought many of the Nonesuch recordings in this splendid set at a premium price as they were originally released, but having them together in a boxed set at this very attractive price was inevitable. New recordings of four works make the boxed set almost essential for a Reich enthusiast, and the rest of the set should make it equally tempting for a more casual listener.

At first, ten discs of Reich may look like nine too many, especially if your exposure to minimalism has been via the diminishing pleasures on offer from Philip Glass. In reality, however, there is a good deal of progress & variety across Reich's career, meaning that these discs span a number of rewarding works.

The early phase experiments are well represented, with "Come Out" (a tape piece) providing the best demonstration of Reich's experiments. Entire discs are then devoted to major early works "Drumming" and (freshly recorded) "Music for 18 Musicians". These works are the basis of Reich's early reputation, and are thoroughly contextualised by the other, less substantial works of this period.

Personally, I could do without the overblown choral/orchestral cantata "The Desert Music", but the sparer and more successful "Sextet" and the very beautiful "Tehillim" represent the same period to better effect. As Reich became in demand in the concert house he provided two effective but minor orchestral works "The Four Sections" and "Three Movements" which demonstrate his techniques' application to more conventional forces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 26 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
Nothing special to say: it's Steve Reich; the box set worth to be bought just only for "Music for 18 musicians", one of the masterpiece of the music all (beyond minimaslim).
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5.0 out of 5 stars a master opus 1 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
this is a wonderful set to own, but not only that, it is a wonderful set to listen to. sounds like an obvious thing to say, but you'll know how true it is when this can't spend a day sitting on the shelf without enduring yet more turns in the stereo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 23 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The term "essential" gets thrown about too much. And heck, the claim that certain words get thrown about too much gets thrown about too much. But here is a collection that really *is* essential to understanding the nature of a whole shift not just in classical music, but in popular music and indeed in popular culture. So many of Reich's ideas and concepts have become so deeply embedded in current classical music, film scoring (any number of examples, but think about Tangerine Dream's score for "Risky Business" and Hans Zimmer's score for "Thin Red Line," for starters), electronic music and even the visual arts.
This box set gives the listener all of Reich's major works. I can't even attempt to describe them individually, but every one of these 10 CDs is compelling. For the totally uninitiated, take out "Music for 18 Musicians" (presented here in a crystalline new recording) to get an idea of what the core of this guy is all about. From there, you might want to listen to "Different Trains," "Electric Counterpoint" and "Six Marimbas" to get an idea of the pointillistic pulse minimalism that Reich contributed to the world. The earlier material is the more challenging, exploring the subtleties of rythym, phase relationships between sounds and shifting timings. Among these, the new recording of "Four Organs" is just outstanding.
Reich's works, along with the early works of Terry Riley and Philip Glass, form the foundation of an enormous edifice that has grown of music that attempts to return to its essential and hypnotic roots. With this box set, one of those pylons becomes clear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, but not the definitive... 19 May 2004
By Jonny B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While a multi CD collection spanning 30 years does sound very promsing, Nonesuch cannot offer all of the best recordings of some of Reich's masterpieces (Music for 18 Musicians or Drumming), and some have been missed out completely (Music for a Large Ensemble), presumably because the piece was not recorded under the Nonesuch label. While the collection is formidable, a listener wanting to hear the best recordings of all the pieces might do better seeking out the older (or longer!) recordings of the pieces.
10 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Performances (and music) lack passion and beauty 13 Dec 2007
By mianfei - Published on Amazon.com
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Steve Reich, unlike most classical composers, is well-known in the popular music world owing to his influence on many musicians of the "post rock" period.

After having heard and been impressed by his Six Pianos and Four Organs, I was eager to hear a full collection of his material since he began composing in the 1960s. However, there is really little of note in the ten discs of "Steve Reich 1965-1995".

Even the two pieces whose first two performances I initially liked are not performed as well here - and with hindsight they are nothing compared to, say, Messiaen's organ works in terms of emotion and depth. The rest of the work here is no better, for instance the acclamied "Music for 18 Musicians" certainly lacks the passion of the post-rock it is often claimed to have been a major influence on. It also is very boring because the many instruments are unable to show the subtle variations of texture that are often possible with a single instrument, especially one liek an organ. Some of Reich's works, even if prelude to the sampling era, are just annoying noise created by tape loops that seem out of place in a work devoted to classical music.

His later work, though easier to listen to, approaches blandness and the orchestras seem to be playing something that has been played before.

It's really good to be able to notice the mediocre music in the classical, as well as the popular field, and this is amongst them. you will not gain much by hearing this lengthy set. There is much better music amongst modern classical composers.
0 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Set box torn out 18 Nov 2009
By Dwarfclimb - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The package was not sturdy enough , so the set box is torn out ( CD are OK )
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