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Reich: The Desert Music, Three Movements

Chorus Sine Nomine, Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi

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Three Movements  
1
I. quarter note = 176-184 -
Steve Reich; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
6:38
2
II. quarter note = 88-92 -
Steve Reich; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
3:26
3
III. quarter note = 176-184
Steve Reich; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
4:23
The Desert Music  
4
I. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -
Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
7:56
5
II. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -
Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
6:39
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III. Slow, quarter note = c. 85 - Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 - Slow, quarter note = c. 85 -
Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
17:33
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IV. Moderate, quarter note = c. 128 -
Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
3:27
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V. Fast, quarter note = c. 192 -
Steve Reich; Chorus Sine Nomine; Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra; Kristjan Järvi
10:16
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    60:18
“... Järvi sets a new benchmark. These powerful readings infuse Reich’s New York vigour with loose-limbed elegance ... Järvi does full justice to the more lyrical antiphonal passages and helped by the superbly detailed sound, maintains a clear focus on each of the piece’s structural details ...”
- BBC Music Magazine

American composer Steve Reich, a pioneer of minimalism in music, has been hugely influential on contemporary composers such as John Adams, progressive rock bands like King Crimson and musicians including Brian Eno. The Guardian has described him as one of "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history." The Desert Music is perhaps Reich’s most ambitious orchestral score, a highly symphonic piece inspired by Reich’s own travels in California’s Mojave Desert. On this recording, Kristjan Järvi conducts the Vienna-based Tonkünstler-Orchester, Niederösterreich, joined by Chorus Sine Nomine, one of Austria’s leading vocal ensembles and winner of numerous awards and prizes.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venues ORF Radio Kulturhaus, Vienna: 9 – 11, 13, and 16 October 2006 (The Desert Music); Musikverein, Vienna: 19 – 21 November 2007 (Three Movements)
Executive producer: Chandos Ralph Couzens
Executive producer: Tonkünstler-Orchester Johannes Neubert
Recording producer: Philip Traugott
Production consultant: Steve Reich
Balance engineers: Wolfgang Fahrner (The Desert Music) and Anton Reininger (Three Movements)
Recording and editing engineer: Friedolin Stolz
Mixing engineer: Anton Reininger
Additional editing, mixing, and mastering: Tom Lazarus
A & R administrator: Mary McCarthy
Front cover: Artwork by designer
Back cover: Photograph of Kristjan Järvi by Peter Rigaud
Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen
Publishers: Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

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