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Malkki / LA Phil - Reich: Runner, Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (CD)

Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall in November 2018 and November 2021, in performances conducted by LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki, Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is the first recording of these two works by minimalist master Steve Reich.

Reich says Runner is written “for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos, and strings. While the tempo remains more or less constant, there are five movements, played without pause, that are based on different note durations. First even sixteenths, then irregularly accented eighths, then a very slowed down version of the standard bell pattern from Ghana in quarters, fourth a return to the irregularly accented eighths, and finally a return to the sixteenths but now played as pulses by the winds for as long as a breath will comfortably sustain them. The title was suggested by the rapid opening and my awareness that, like a runner, I would have to pace the piece to reach a successful conclusion.”

"Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is an extension of the Baroque concerto grosso where there is more than one soloist,” the composer continues. “Here there are 20 soloists - all regular members of the orchestra, including the first stand strings and winds, as well as two vibraphones and two pianos. The piece is in five movements, though the tempo never changes, only the note value of the constant pulse in the pianos. Thus, an arch form: sixteenths, eighths, quarters, eighths, sixteenths. Music for Ensemble and Orchestra is modeled on by Runner, which has the same five-movement form.”

Vinyl release available December 2, 2022
$16.98 Subscriber Price: $15.28
SKU
103373
Featured Artists:
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Susanna Mälkki, Principal Guest Conductor


Format: CD
Label: Nonesuch Records
Release date: 09/30/2022

Tracklist

RUNNER

I - SIXTEENTHS
II - EIGHTHS
III - QUARTERS
IV - EIGHTHS
V - SIXTEENTHS

MUSIC FOR ENSEMBLE AND ORCHESTRA
I - SIXTEENTHS
II - EIGHTHS
III - QUARTERS
IV - EIGHTHS
V - SIXTEENTHS
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