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Reich: Music for 18 Musicians Original recording reissued

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  • Composer: Steve Reich
  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000026258
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The 1978 recording of Reich's seminal Music for 18 Musicians still astounds. Listeners aware of the talents of such bands as Tortoise or Gas or of DJs such as Vladislav Delay or Aphex Twin and fans of Warp records or the click, cut and glitch of recent post-techno could all do with checking out what continues to be vital source material. Lovers of Bach, Satie, Stravinsky, Nancarrow, Cage, Stockhausen, Budd, Eno or Phillip Glass will all find this a very special and rewarding listening experience.

Reich's 1970's Pulse work is often recalled as repetitive, which it unarguably is, but the artfulness, intricacy and the seamless layering of this beautiful piece is less often noted. Reich builds and deconstructs, endlessly moving what turns out to be not merely a work of huge intellect and technical skill but an emotional and complex and hugely satisfying piece of music. This is no post-Gamelan pose but a highly accomplished and stirring piece of music that deserves a lot more than cult status. --Mark Thwaite

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The early Pulse music of Steve Reich is a wonder for those who have not yet encountered it. Music for 18 Musicians is a seminal piece. It is ambitious, monumental in scale and perfectly realised. If you are new to the 'minimalist' music of the 70s, this work will astound you with its originality. It is not easy music, but its rewards are limitless. This kind of work, sometimes called repetitive or trance music, tends to provoke the extremes of appreciation - you either love it or you hate it - and it is not the kind of music you can just allow to wash over you. However, if you allow yourself to enter fully into the aesthetic, the experience it offers can approach the sublime. It develops a meditative quality, as your engagement with the flow of sound becomes total. This music can be as moving and profound as Beethoven, as long as you're in the right mood! This recording is by the original Steve Reich and Musicians ensemble and was recorded soon after the work's composition. As usual, the performance by the ensemble is flawless. The concentration and stamina required for such a piece is enormous, but on this recording Steve Reich and Musicians present a tempo and note perfect delivery. Since this recording of Music for 18 Musicians has been available on CD, it has been possible for the listener to enjoy the piece in its continuous entirety without the fading in and out of the vinyl original. Here it is played as the composer fully intended it to be, and it strongly evokes the spirit of the time in which it was composed. Steve Reich is a giant of modern composition and performance and this is a disc that cannot be absent from any decent collection of progressive music. It is also very entertaining to have a disc with only one track of nearly an hour's duration!
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Steve Reich's "Music for 18 musicians" is often hailed as one his best peices of music. This album does justice to this title. Extending over one hour in duration, themes are built up in repetition incorporating subtle changes along the way. It gradually builds up into a peice with wonderfully intricate, yet simple rhythms that makes the whole work a dynamic and exciting experience. A variety of instruments are used in this peice - notably wind instruments, glockenspiels, marimbas and voices. With these sounds Reich constructs beautiful sweeping chords that carry the listener smoothly from one scene to another.
This recording was made over twenty years after its composition. As such this recording has the benefit of experience (also played by Steve Reich).
This is a wonderful, refreshing recording of one of the most thrilling peices of minimalist music you are likely to hear.
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This is not only my favorite music by Steve Reich but one of my favorite modern classical albums. Next to Songs From The Trilogy by Philip Glass, Farewell To Philosophy by Gavin Bryars, Symphony Of Sorrowfull Songs by Henryk Gorecki or Tabula Rasa by Arvo Part. Out of all these albums Music For 18 Musicians is of the highest energy and tempo. This music evolves and takes you in. It makes you feel like you are riding a fast and steady moving train through an amazing landscape you seem to be very familiar with after a while. It may feel a little monothonic but these are the rides which allow you to focus on your own real trip so you let the train just take you... I can listen to this music over and over all day; I really like repetitive elements. Good balanced life seems to me to be full of them. If we could just eliminate mistakes... Most of Steve Reich's music is very good and original. My next recommendation would be Different Trains, which is an even more modern approach.
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Although 'Music for Eighteen Musicians' is a work divided into an opening 'Pulse', ten middle 'Sections' and a closing 'Pulse', it is read by my CD player as one continuous track of about 1 hour in length. Which, indeed, it is.
The 'Pulse' contains the essence of the whole work, which is then elaborated on in the 'Sections' and the piece ends in much the same way as it began.
To label the work 'repetitive' would be an understatement, but also an unfair one. It is in it's repetition of themes and original musical ideas that this admittedly minimal work finds it's strengths.
The fact that the very modern sounding piece is played entirely acoustically, along with the almost unrecognisable (yet sublime) presence of four female voices both contribute greatly to a piece of music which should not be ignored.
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This is one of the most sublime pieces of music I have ever heard. In the month that I've had it I've listened to it many, many times, and very little else. Whether driving, working or just chilling out - it always gives you something that very few pieces do.
That said, it won't be to everyone's tastes. The singularly unique style will inevitably bemuse as many people as it delights. It is not a mainstream piece of music, and so much better for that. My feeling is that it will appeal most to people who relish the subtle complexity that comes out of the interplay of simple elements, perhaps in particular those who are more analytically minded.
When you first listen to it you might be forgiven for thinking that 'nothing much really happens', and yet if you give it the space it deserves you'll discover that it is packed from start to finish with rich, rewarding detail which continuously evolves, stimulates and surprises. In a sense the many instuments each play in isolation, repeating their own simple pattern with little concession to traditional harmony or ensemble, and yet it is the implied patterns and interplay that comes from combining these elements that creates the rich sonic and rhythmic interest.
The best real-life analogy I can think of is the effect you get when you listen to a peel of church bells. After a while, if you're like me anyway, you become hypnotised and your brain starts to pick out subtle patterns implied by the shifting notes and accents. If you like that, you'll love this music.
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