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listen  1. Reich: Variations for Winds, Strings, and KeyboardsSan Francisco Symphony21:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Steve Reich, San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart
  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000066I9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,726 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Johnson on August 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'll come right out and say it. Six Pianos is not my new favorite Reich piece. And honestly, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ will not be a revelation to anyone familiar with Reich's work in the 70's. In other words, the second and third tracks on this disc are merely perfect.
The first piece, however, is more than virtuoso counterpoint. Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards--all right, so there isn't all that much variation--brings back the sensational, swelling harmonies that gave his Music for 18 Musicians that distinctively bittersweet, comforting sound, like a great pop song. It's a short piece (only about 20 minutes), but it has a great emotional as well as intellectual depth. This is a great disc not just for fans of minimalist music, but for anyone who enjoys smooth, lucid, but vibrant and sophisticated music, and has the patience to let it unfold around them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11, 2005
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This installment in Deutsche Grammophon's "Echo 20/21" series of contemporary music reissues provides three pieces from the 1970s by minimalist composer Steve Reich. While the sort of music isn't really my cup of tea, the disc is fairly enjoyable.

Early pieces by Reich were generally meant to be performed by the composer and friends and then abandoned for newer works, and scores were not published. That changed, however, towards the late 1970s, and the "Variations for Winds, Strings, and Keyboards", performed here by the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Edo de Waart, is one of the pieces Reich opened up to the ensembles of the world. The work, comprising three sections, has an interesting structure. The keyboard instruments (two pianos and three electric organs) provide the foundation of the piece, performing throughout. On top of this basis the strings double the harmony of the organs, while flutes and oboes double more active keyboard music. The brass play an independent part, shimmering in and out in the first and third sections.

The latter two pieces are earlier and performed by the composer's ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians. "Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ" (1973) is an exploration of complex rhythmic changes. Voice here is used much like in the composer's "Drumming" or Ligeti's "Clouds and Clouds", that is, as an imitation of other instruments instead of a distinct song-like presence. I must admit that I do not understand the technical bases of the work well enough to appreciate the piece as well as the others.

"Six Pianos" (1973) grew out of the desire to compose a piece for all pianos in a piano store, but Reich eventually discovered that the number should be limited.
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This was my first Steve Reich disc. I had heard 'Music for Mallets' on the radio. It was the piece that introduced me to minimalism, and the effect was hypnotizing. I got the CD, and I found the piece to be just as profound. The successive nature of this music is never dry, but it is so driving and alive that it thrilled my soul, especially the fact that I could sit and listen to a piece that changed ever so slightly, and at the end it would be totally different. I think it's great background music, and Reich is my favorite among the American minimalists, but I have found that over time it is harder to listen to it very often, but like every three months or so, I'll grab it and throw it into my Discman, and take a trip with Steve Reich and his excellent musicians.

This is a vintage recording, and Reich and Musicians are as energetic and pure as Music for Mallets and Six Pianos require. I love both of these works, but I find that the Variations for Orchestra is perhaps the most beautiful piece on the CD, and I can listen to it much more often. It's less repetitive, and it is very atmospheric, reminding me of the film I bought at the same time, the great Criterion Tarkovsky's SOLARIS. It's got a sci-fi feel to it, I think. Edo Waart and the San Francisco Symphony is perfect for the work. The importance this has for me has diminished, but I still enjoy Reich's work somewhat. It's interesting, but it grows old.
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This is really a strong album. Variations for winds, strings and keyboards is one of those pieces that you can discover over and over again. the trumpet ascensions in the first 8 minutes are totally mindblowing and the pacing is beautiful. The same work is available from an earlier session recorded by Reich and his group themselves but as far as i can tell this one is the best recording.

Brilliant stuff!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vincent G. Marino on October 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This Steve Reich collection proves if nothing else the influence these pieces had on certain rock artists.

If "Variations for Winds, Strings & Keyboards" sounds familiar, that's because Peter Gabriel used a similar musical figure for the opening of his song "San Jacinto."

"Six Pianos" will remind you of King Crimson's "Discipline" album, or the sound of the Talking Heads' album "Remain In Light."

Reich was WAY ahead of his time.
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