Desert Music Tehillim
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.4 x 12.8 x 1.09 cm; 98.09 g
- メーカー : Cantaloupe
- EAN : 0713746272128
- 製造元リファレンス : unknown
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2002
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Cantaloupe
- ASIN : B00006H6B5
- ディスク枚数 : 1
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 335,822位ミュージック (の売れ筋ランキングを見るミュージック)
Alaram Will Sound - Ossia - Alan Pierson, direction
Reich's music moves along in a stately, orderly, almost mathematical way, so one wouldn't expect a wide variety of interpretive styles in different performances. Still, this recording of Tehillim, at least the third issued so far, seems sharper in focus and rhythm than the premiere ECM recording, the only one to include the composer's participation. The Desert Music sounds somewhat different here than in the premiere Nonesuch recording by Michael Tilson Thomas with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Chorus, the ensembles it was written for. This "revised chamber version" by the composer from 2001 uses smaller forces, losing something in grandeur while gaining rhythmic clarity. It's becoming obvious that Reich's music will survive his own performing career and lifetime, and here is an example of a disc with no performing ties to the composer which is still extremely satisfying. It is also very well-recorded and generously programmed, since the premiere recordings of the two works took up a disc each. Cantaloupe Music provides sung texts and lists of the performers but not a word of program notes, a liability to this otherwise admirable release. --Leslie Gerber
Tehillim was the first of Reich’s many works that explored his Jewish heritage. Reich selected four psalms, one for each movement of the piece. A quartet of beautiful women's voices takes center stage and sing the psalms. Although, I have never been able to make out the words it does not really matter because the sound is gorgeous. Tehillim (pronounced "teh-hill-leem") is the original Hebrew word for "Psalms". Literally translated it means "praises". Alan Pierson helped found Ossia, a group of musicians who met at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Ossia is credited as the orchestra on Tehillim. This recording was made in 1999. The composition lasts just over 30 minutes.
I find some of Reich’s minimalist music somewhat mechanical and repetitive these days. The female voices on both compositions inject emotion into the music. The avant-garde pop singer Björk was asked to select her favorite records. Her list included Mahler’s 10th Symphony; Alban Berg’s Lulu; and Reich’s Tehillim.
The Desert Music was composed for voice and orchestra. The text uses poems by William Carlos Williams. Reich has usually preferred to work with small ensembles, but this features a chamber orchestra. The piece is 45-minutes long. This recording was made in 2002 and Ossia had morphed into Alarm Will Sound. Alarm Will Sound has 20 members and focuses on recordings and performances of contemporary classical music. The New York Times claimed that Alarm Will Sound is "one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene." This CD is highly recommended.
But Ossia and Alarm Will Sound really kick it up a notch. I found myself sitting up and paying attention all over again.
Brilliant. Can't recommend it to highly.