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The Shanghai Film Orchestra plays this contemporary Western work on traditional Chinese instruments. The tuning is different, and the tone colors of the ancient Chinese bells and strings lend a new vibrancy to the piece. The construction of this version is equally striking. Instead of following the score straight through, earlier parts are brought back and woven into a tapestry of sound even more mesmerizing than Riley's original recording.
The talented Chinese-American composer, David Mingyue Liang, contributes two works that extend the orchestra's range to include the ethereal sounds of bowed vibes and the haunting resonance of China's only complete set of mangluo gongs. This remarkable recording, the result of a cultural openness in China, proves that the East and West have much to say to each other.
This is not music I'd listen to every week, but still I highly recommend it.
I own an interesting one by the Shanghai Film Orchestra, which includes a number of Chinese instruments which create a uniquely shimmering texture.
I only wish Mr. Riley would make a much longer recording, AT LEAST two hours long.
Too much of the same, too hyper not enough change of rhythm as in other minamalist, though his A Rainbo in Curved Air is great.Published 6 days ago by randall E. Miller
Love In C but lost my vinyl recording years ago. Bought a new one. And it was NEW!Published 1 month ago by deadhead1959
I first heard this about 35 years ago and found it boring and inpenetrable. Yes I found it repetitive - but the piece does evolve and I could not hear any of that. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by rite of spring
Terry Riley's In C is, if nothing else, one of the most epoch-making works of the twentieth century - whether it solehandedly instigated minimalism is a slightly different matter,... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by G.D.
Many versions of Terry Riley's "In C" are now available, but this recording of 1968 began it all. The premiere was in 1964 in San Francisco with different instrumentation and... Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Dr. Debra Jan Bibel
I'm an adventurous music lover: will listen to almost anything. "In C" is a work that dilutes the emotional connection that music provides and renders it to an intellectual... Read morePublished on June 19, 2009 by Avid Reader
Preamble - the wrong product description has snuck onto this page from a nearby alternative. Read for your own amusement. Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by paul pirate
The compositional approach of Terry Riley and his pioneering minimalist work In C had a measurable impact on late 1960s and early 1970s musicians that wished to fuse more... Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by Jeffrey J.Park