- Audio CD (Sept. 17 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Hungaroton
- ASIN: B00011MK2E
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
This music is capable of functioning on any number of different levels, as the many Amazon reviews show. On a less complex level of response its ravishing surface textures can be accepted as simple ravishment, its simple harmonic structure can be enjoyed for its simplicity, and its flowing tempos can absorb a listener in the sheer sense of encompassing flow. Yet for many listeners the amazingly rich washes of sound arising from the intricate interlacing of simply repeated but subtly shifting motifs engender a complex, suffusing experience that somehow transcends any attempt to limit the listening response to individual elements or individual emotional responses. Like any great musical work this piece offers a more encompassing, synthesized representation of a way of looking at, responding to, and understanding the world, and any listener fortunate enough to have their synapses firing along the same lines is apt to experience a truly involving and powerful response.
This music offers a powerful metaphor of life itself. Not literal, not representational, not discursive, but cogent, coherent, and rich with the depth and involving flow of life.Read more ›
This is wonderful travel music. Think of the underlying themes as the horizon and more rapid motifs as what moves by close to the road. The hour-long piece will make the driving time fly by. Watch for speeding.
This is also incredible for listening to whilst on a treadmill.
I hope you buy it.
This is probably the best, most complete release of "Music for 18" ever. It's also the most concise. While the ECM recording stands out on its own, it's not as full as this one is, and it certainly doesn't stand to the new methods of polytonality in the piece. It's like being in a minimalist washing machine: it takes away the dull, emotionless sounds of Glass and others and makes it alive, the way it should be.
Hands down, the best CD ever.
This album is performed by 18 musicians at the top of their games. This album is melodic, haunting, lush, groovy, complex. You cannot argue with Reich's intricate, interwoven melodies on various mallet percussion, piano, woodwinds, and voice. The melodies lay on top of each other and zigzag between each other for the full length of this brilliant work. You would think 60+ minutes of instrumental music put in one song would be dull, but there isn't a single dull moment to be found. This piece is as catchy as anything on Top 40 radio, and yet the genius and nuances are always there to be found, every time you listen.
The music is pretty hard to describe. As I mentioned, there are only 18 musicians on a handful of instruments. Reich's composition sees instruments entering and exiting with melodies that zigzag between, under, and over each other. The intense dynamics of the crescendos and decrescendos gives certain parts an almost electronic feel. This, along with the aforementioned layered entrances allows the piece to build, until it drops off about halfway through...and then starts again. Throughout all of this, there is the mallet percussion vamp that the song starts with in "Pulses". This music dances, it is alive. Each subsequent melody is as catchy as the last. The music will demand your attention and lull you into hypnosis at the same time. It is like a dreamlike trance put to music. It ebbs and it flows. It grooves. It must be heard to really understand, but it is awesome.
There's so much I want to say about this album, but I'm not really sure how. It has completely blown my mind. It is the ultimate fusion of artistic vision, musical genius, and accessibility.
True 5 Star Album. Highly recommended for all.
I wonder how much pop culture has actually flown into this piece of otherwise 'classical' music. Amazing, how 'electronic' the pieces sometimes sound; I had to read the liner notes several times, to find only pianos, marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, maracas, violins, celli, bass clarinets, clarinets, altos, sopranos... It reminds me at at times of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" or Jean-Michel Jarre's "Equinoxe" or "Oxygene"...
Nevertheless: Wonderful music, many colors and timbres riding on a smart and original minimalistic (may SR forgive me!) backbone of rhythm and pulse. At the end of the day of course: Hands down, five stars, for both, composition and performance (with composer!).