Music For 18 Musicians (studio album) by Steve Reich
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This is a brilliant composition of music that is amazing at creating so many images and stories in your mind. The performances on some of the instruments as well are brilliant and so emotional at times that it makes it so easy to connect to the music. It also gives us a very rich and grand experience and allows you to explore so much in the sound and discover the nuances that are all over this record. It is the perfect album to put on, switch off the lights and get comfortable in a warm chair and just enjoy the journey you are taken on. However, it can feel a little slow at times and could be shortened a little. Also, some of the sections are a little weaker than others. Overall, a very important album that always delivers a great experience and fantastic musical quality that would be even better live.
Very interesting music it is like a color game it repeats and then comes out in a completely new way. You can feel the tension is rising until the end of the album. Very good new classical music. Glad to have heard it.
The ultimate minimalist statement.
Loving the ECM version that just came out too
Despite being divided into multiple 'sections', Reich's minimalist masterpiece is performed in one take, and so has the curious property of being seemingly immobile and yet constantly washing over you. Listening to the strings undercut the vocals on Section VII has a desperate urgency that is difficult to put into words. Reich's music somehow makes you feel you've heard this a million lifetimes before and will hear it a million lifetimes over again all without uttering a single lyric.
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It might technically be called classical music, but being a person coming from a rock-oriented background, it seems a lot more like ambient electronic than anything else. It seems like something Brian Eno could have made. It barely even sounds like it was made with acoustic instruments (at least the version I have).
On 'Music...', Reich modernises classical music for the 20th century, creating a piece that seems both to move so slowly and yet take your breath away.
Nuanced and expansive. Similar to, but not as varied as Philip Glass's glassworks. The concepts overstay their welcome slightly. The whole thing could have been half as long and still had the same effect on me. Must be very impressive to see performed live.
Vast and deep as an ocean.
Also one of the most influential pieces of music written in the second half of the XXs.
It's everywhere. So much it has become invisible.
So excited about this on first listen!!!!!!!!!!
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