Steve Reich’s latest work Reich/Richter premiered on April 6 as part of one of the biggest cultural events in New York City this spring: the opening of The Shed. Reich wrote the work for a new film by Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz, based on Richter’s Patterns series.
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Steve Reich’s latest work for large ensemble, Reich/Richter, receives its world premiere on April 6, with performances through June 2, as part of opening commissions that launch The Shed, New York City’s new arts center located on Manhattan’s west side. The new work was composed for a moving picture by celebrated German painter Gerhard Richter and filmmaker Corinna Belz, based on Richter’s 2012 Patterns book. Reich/Richter is performed by Reich champions Ensemble Signal and the International Contemporary Ensemble, in alternation, during this nine-week run at the Shed.
Steve Reich discusses composing Reich/Richter, a new 37-minute work for large ensemble, for a film by renowned painter Gerhard Richter, created in collaboration with filmmaker Corinna Belz. Reich/Richter debuts on April 6 at The Shed, New York City’s newest arts space, performed live by Ensemble Signal and the International Contemporary Ensemble through June 2.
Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Steve Reich to Premiere in Fall 2018 and Reich/Richter in Spring 2019
The Los Angeles Philharmonic recently announced that it will give the world premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra on November 1–4, 2018, as part of the orchestra’s centennial season programming. The premiere will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki.
Colin Currie launches his newly created record label, Colin Currie Records, with a recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, performed by the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals. The album releases on March 9, 2018. The new label kicks off its first release with a concert at Saffron Hall on March 10 in an all-Reich program, including a full performance of Drumming.
Nonesuch releases Steve Reich’s Pulse / Quartet on February 2, 2018; the album is also available on vinyl LP on March 30. The album features two recent works by Reich: Pulse (2015) for large ensemble, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Quartet (2013) for two pianos and two vibraphones, performed by the Colin Currie Group.
On February 12, 2017, Third Coast Percussion’s highly acclaimed album of Steve Reich percussion works received the 2017 GRAMMY Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance. The album, simply titled Steve Reich, features the works Mallet Quartet, Sextet, Nagoya Marimbas, and Music for Pieces of Wood. Third Coast Percussion also performed music from the album live at the awards ceremony.
Multiple record labels and musicians have marked Reich’s 80th birthday year with an outpouring of new releases, as well as re-issues of landmark recordings from the composer’s prolific career.
Two new works by Steve Reich—Pulse and Runner—have received world premieres in New York and London during his 80th birthday season.
During the 2016–2017 season, institutions around the globe celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday (October 3), with over 400 performances taking place in more than 20 countries this year. Major “Reich at 80” series and festivals—presented by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Symphony, The Barbican in London, Philharmonie de Paris, Tokyo Opera City, Cologne Philharmonie, Soundstreams / Massey Hall in Toronto, and more—feature extensive retrospectives of his major works.