At 86, this eminent composer takes a surprising but still searching direction in his music, while recent projects look back on six decades of work.
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Traveler’s Prayer will receive its American Premiere at Carnegie Hall on November 1, 2022 performed by The Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals. The program will also include Tehillim and Music for 18 Musicians. Traveler’s Prayer will then be premiered on the West Coast at Cal Performances in Berkeley, two days later by the same musicians. On April 20 & 21, 2023 the piece will be premiered in Japan at Tokyo Opera City by the same performers.
The first recording off Runner (2016) snd Music for Ensemble & Orchestra (2018) was released by Nonesuch on September 30, 2022. A vinyl will be released December 2, 2022. Both pieces are performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Susanna Mälkki and were recorded live in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Runner is scored for a large ensemble of winds, percussion and strings. Music for Ensemble & Orchestra is an extension of the Baroque concerto grosso where there is more than one soloist. Here there are 20, all regular members of the orchestra. Both pieces are in five movements though the tempo never changes, only the note values in the constant pulse of the pianos forming an arch form: sixteenths, eighths, quarters, eighths, sixteenths.
Nonesuch will release the first recording of Reich/Richter performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain conducted by George Jackson. A vinyl LP is scheduled for August. The music was first written for a film by visual artist Gerhard Richer with film maker Corinna Belz. The recording was made live in Paris at the Philharmonie and the combination of superb musicians in an exceptionally fine acoustic has created an extraordinary result.