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S. Reich Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tehillim For Voices And Ensemble: Part I: Fast
2. Tehillim For Voices And Ensemble: Part II: Fast
3. Tehillim For Voices And Ensemble: Part III: Slow
4. Tehillim For Voices And Ensemble: Part IV: Fast
5. Three Movements For Orchestra: Movement I: =176
6. Three Movements For Orchestra: Movement II: =88
7. Three Movements For Orchestra: Movement III: =176

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Objectively speaking, this CD is brilliantly and perfectly recorded - the notes are all there, the performance is 100%, and more importantly, the recording engineer turned out a perfectly recorded and balanced CD.
I have not performed this piece, unlike the first two reviewers, but I heard it performed at BAM. Let me say that following a score and keeping one's place while simply listening to a recording is super difficult - but keeping one's place while performing, well, I've never seen a group of performers concentrate so intently on the music as I did at the performance, and that's *not* due to any lack of skill from the musicians. Steve Reich's music is the kind that if you're performing and lose your place, you're done: you sit out at least until the next section. There is no forgiveness for being off by so much as a sixteenth note.
I have followed Reich and his music for 16 years. Much of his music moves me to tears (cf. Music for 18 musicians, The Cave, and Music in Four Sections). But Tehillim (the Hebrew word that Christians translate as "Psalms") I find to be his most beautiful (that's a subjective rating). Although Reich did not compose this as liturgical music, of course it could be used as such, given its holy writ text. If I may climb my theological/liturgical soapbox, Tehillim represents, in fact, how exciting liturgical music *could* be if the Church were but willing. Not only is this music modern (and thus more relevant for today's Church), but it is an incredibly sensitive and moving setting of two psalms. I have listened to it probably 100 times, and each listening still brings tears - the tears that exceptional music brings. Tehillim is beautiful, and that's the highest compliment one can give to any music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the first recording of a great work October 22, 2002
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I strongly disagree with the previous reviewer who rated this CD beneath the one with Reich on the cover. That Nonesuch recording is really a disaster -- the rhythm is mechanical, which makes the performance pretty flat and passionless; the intonation, particularly in the slow movement, is awful (far worse than anything on this disc); and the voices have none of the pop-music lightness that the composer asks for.
This recording, in contrast, is pretty inarguable. It's the first recording and represents the composer's original intentions. In recent weeks, many reviewers have said they prefer the brand new version on Cantaloupe Music (with the red cover) to this old CD, which I can understand. I see both of these as terrific, extremely different interpretations of this Reich masterpiece: this original recording is cool and understated; the new recording more passionate and romantic. You can't go wrong with either one. If you've already heard this recording and feel -- like the previous reviewer -- that there isn't a good Tehillim CD out yet, check out the latest release.
But I don't have many good words to say about the Nonesuch CD with Reich on the cover -- best, I think, to steer clear.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transcendent minimalism September 2, 2003
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If you are going to buy Tehillim, which I highly recommend, get this recording, not the one with the red cover, which, while I probably would have been delighted by it if I had heard it first, after hearing this recording seems fatuous, heavy-handed, and gurgling with sloppy emotion, the singers mooing away with their faces screwed up in the high-art version of teenager-guitar-hero-face.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praises that heal February 8, 2001
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I am not a lover of classical music but this music unleashes a torrent of hope & tangible power. Still in the minimalist tradition, it may initially sound repetitive but careful listening will reveal subtle and intriguing variations and shifting textures that become more prominent the more familiar one becomes with the music. There is no repetition of short patterns in Tehillim as the meaning and rhythm of the Psalm texts themselves determine the chromatic, harmonic & modal shifts, the rising & descending melodic lines and the constantly changing meters.

I have always found it to be an inspiring, even rousing listening experience with healing properties. The vocals sound like massed angelic choirs in places although consisting of only two lyric sopranos, one high soprano and one male alto, over hypnotic percussive patterns. The original Hebrew text is provided side by side with the English translation and one is overwhelmed by the massive arsenal of instruments employed: maracas, marimba, tuned tambourines, flute, oboe, vibraphone, organs, violins, viola, crotales and cello to mention a few.

Sacred sound in the form of pure sounds, music, song and chant has been applied as medicine from ancient times. Some consider it the most ancient of all therapies. Pythagoras was aware of this. Others who wrote about the therapeutic effect of music on the soul include the Persian scholar Abu Nasr al-Farabi (872 - 951) who discussed music therapy in his book Meanings of the Intellect and Robert Burton in his extraordinary tome The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621).

The four tracks on Tehillim are Psalms 19: 1 - 4, 34: 12 - 14, 18: 25 - 26 & 150: 4 - 6.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reich's glorious Psalms!
One of the most joyous compositions on a religious theme. The women's voices soar intoxicatingly in rhythms that will send to your feet, clapping wildly.
Published 5 months ago by Constance Salper
3.0 out of 5 stars A significant progression in Reich's music, but the invariable loud...
Entering the 1980s, Steve Reich maintained the minimalist style of his 1970s triumphs like Music for 18 Musicians but began to incorporate new inspirations such as his own Jewish... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christopher Culver
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good
It's good,thanks.
I need invoice,but I can't find it on web.
Please help me to get it.
Thanks a lot.
Published 19 months ago by Vicky Wang
4.0 out of 5 stars two recordings conflated
Just a warning -- the reviews for two completely different recordings have been combined. You will see the same reviews for the ECM and Nonesuch releases of Tehillim, which is... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the defining soundtrack for my life
I can't discuss the details about the instrumentation and the construction of this piece of music. I appreciate the text (my ancestry is Jewish) but it is the pure music that has... Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Susan Byers
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistake ???
Is it my hear or there is a real mistake on the first movement of "Three Movements" ??
At 5:33 ,the flutes seems to start a bar earlier ... Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Gross Gheist
4.0 out of 5 stars Not typical Steve Reich
Tehillim differs from most other works by Reich. It has long lyrical melodies. It has singing. The rhythm never repeats itself; it sounds like a random combination of twos and... Read more
Published on March 26, 2007 by David I. Imai
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 MOVEMENTS is fine quality entertainment
Congratulations to Reich for his painfully dull titles. Title-wise, THREE MOVEMENTS is right up there with Bartok's MUSIC FOR STRINGS BLAH-BLAH-BLAH. Read more
Published on January 19, 2005 by Horst Meisterfluscher
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent composition, but lackluster recording
Unlike some of the other reviewers, although I acquired this album several years ago, I am not familiar with any of Reich's other works, or other releases of Tehillim, which may or... Read more
Published on December 4, 2003 by Erik Gfesser
3.0 out of 5 stars amazing piece, weak recording
Tehillim is an incredible, uplifting, mesmerizing piece of music. Unfortunately, there hasn't yet been a halfway decent recording made of it. Read more
Published on May 23, 2002 by new music guy
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