Steve Reich Three Tales DVD

A two disk set containing both a DVD and a CD of the video opera ‘Three Tales’ by composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot was released in August 2003 by Nonesuch Records in the USA. and Holland. Release for the rest of Europe except France is September, the UK and Japan in October and France in November. Nonesuch is introducing the release at a specially reduced price. The work is performed by The Steve Reich Ensemble with Synergy Vocals conducted by Bradley Lubman. The 65 minute work has been performed in Vienna, London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Perth, Turin, Lisbon and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival and the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. It will be performed at the Krannert Auditorium of the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana on October 2, 2003 and then at the AtheneumTheater in Chicago October 3 & 4.

Critics have written:

The visual effects are thrillingly virtuosic…The whole 65-minute piece is a huge achievement, visually and musically, which gets more and more engrossing as it goes on.” – The Guardian – London

“So vivid in its aesthetic presentation that it made these historical events as threateningly immediate as a blasting boombox on a subway car. It is physically eerie and beautiful.” – The New York Times

“It is a major work, a sneaky sort of tragic masterpiece, whose sounds and images haunt the mind for days… Reich is the most original musical thinker of our time.” – The New Yorker

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