Three incredible albums that completely transformed the modern compositional landscape – brought together here in one
nicely-priced set! First up is the 1978 album Music For 18 Musicians – a groundbreaking set of modal minimal tracks that stands as one
of Steve Reich's most popular and accessible works. The music is extremely subtle, and features 18 musicians playing a variety of violins, cellos, clarinets, pianos, marimbas, and vibes – all in short cyclic passages that move in and out in ways that perfectly illustrate Reich's fascination with phase
progressions in modern music. Music For A Large Ensemble is classic mid-period Reich – with an approach that's a lot more sophisticated than the earlier works, but a sound that's still filled with whimsey and surprise! The winner here is "Music For A Large Ensemble", which features some excellent interplay between marimbas, vibes, and xylophone – all backed by some additional strings, which seem to slide the instruments together in a really sublime blend of shifting sounds! "Octet" is a smaller group piece, but still extremely beautiful – and "Violin Phase
" continues the experiment of some of Reich's smaller instrumental pieces, with a fantastic shift in sound through a minimal progression of the violin. Last up is the album Tehillim – an important set not just in that it marked the first of a number of larger-idea projects from Reich, but also in that it was one
of his first initial statements of his faith and heritage – which, in years to come, would shape both his creative process and a growing audience for his music. The package features a 44 page booklet, with both original notes by Reich and new writings – plus photos from the sessions!