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Steve Reich: Tehillim / The Desert Music

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Tehillim: I. Psalm 19:2-5, "Hashamyim mehsapehrim kavohd Kail"
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Tehillim: II. Psalm 34:13-15, "Mihaish heychahfaytz chayyim"
5:52
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Tehillim: III. Psalm 18:26-27, "Imchahsid, titchahsahd"
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Tehillim: IV. Psalm 150:4-6, "Halleluhu batof umachol"
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The Desert Music: I. Fast
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The Desert Music: II. Moderate
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The Desert Music: III. Part I: Slow
6:55
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The Desert Music: III. Part II: Moderate
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The Desert Music: III. Part III: Slow
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The Desert Music: IV. Moderate
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The Desert Music: V. Fast
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01.18.11
Alan Pierson, Steve Reich: Tehillim / The Desert Music
Label: Cantaloupe Music

Tehillim and The Desert Music are two scores from the '80s that show Reich entering the musical mainstream without losing his distinctive voice or his radical approach to harmony and orchestration. The Desert Music (with poems by William Carlos Williams) is a bit of an oddity — a work for full orchestra and chorus from a composer who generally prefers smaller ensembles with more "bite." Tehillim, although it exists in a full orchestra version, is… read more »

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Collected together, these two of composer Steve Reich’s most ambitious pieces written for orchestra are stunning recordings, played with great depth of feeling and color while adhering to the precision acrobatics in the scores. Performed by Alarm Will Sound and Ossia, both under the direction of conductor Alan Pierson, these performances are far more dramatic and atmospheric than the ones Reich recorded with his own ensemble in the 1980s. That verve and flair, which gives away nothing in terms of crisp dynamic, together with a deeply focused adherence to tempo and intonation, make for a stellar album at the very least. On record, these are the definitive performances of these works. – Thom Jurek

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