In “Jacob’s Ladder,” which premiered at the New York Philharmonic on Thursday, Reich’s signature chugging rhythms returned.
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PARIS - FEBRUARY 6 - 11, 2024
Following the success of his previous albums, "Steve Reich: Drumming" (2018) and "Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton" (2019), Colin Currie is joined on this album by his closest musical colleagues and companions, the Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals, who recorded the work at London's Abbey Road Studios in 2022.
The String Quartets performed by the Mivos Quartet has been released by Deutsche Grammophon February 3, 2023 on CD and Vinyl. This is the first recording of all three quartets: WTC 9/11, Triple Quartet and Different Trains on one recording. Mivos has recorded all their own backing tracks for a completely new interpretation of all three quartets. All these quartets introduce formal innovations including pre-recorded speech samples into this historical medium.
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.
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.