Steve Reich turns 80 today. I can’t think of a better way to fete the composer on record than DG’s recent reissue of the 1974 recording of Drumming. Performed by Reich and “Musicians,” it presents one of the seminal works in his catalog. Drumming rounded out the first “phase” of his career (sorry, couldn’t resist), and it was followedContinue reading “Happy Birthday Steve Reich”
In music circles, there has been a lot of debate of late about the current vinyl revival. Are people drawn to LPs because they want a “warmer sounding” recording? Is it the artwork? Or is consumerism gone amok to blame? If you can get past the heated rhetoric and have it in your budget to buyContinue reading “Decca Sound – the Mono Years”
Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez turns ninety today. This year will see a number of celebrations of his nonagenarian status. Two boxed sets by recording labels with which he has long been associated up the ante for audiophiles. Pierre Boulez – 20th Century (DG 0289 479 4261 0) is a 44 CD boxed CD featuringContinue reading “Happy 90th Birthday Pierre Boulez”
The New Classical (Musical America): Music for Heart and Breath.