Album artwork for Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki

Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki. 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 twenty 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 my Runner, which has the same five movement form.”

Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki

Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra

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Album artwork for Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki
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£11.99

Released 30/09/2022Catalogue Number

0075597910186

Album artwork for Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki
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£27.99

Heavyweight 140 Gram Vinyl.

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Released 02/12/2022Catalogue Number

0075597910131

Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki

Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra

Nonesuch
Album artwork for Album artwork for Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki by Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra - Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki
Album artwork for Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki
CD

£11.99

Released 30/09/2022Catalogue Number

0075597910186

Album artwork for Steve Reich: Runner / Music for Ensemble and Orchestra by Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki
LP

£27.99

Heavyweight 140 Gram Vinyl.

Black
Released 02/12/2022Catalogue Number

0075597910131

Nonesuch Records releases the first recordings of Steve Reich’s Runner (2016) and Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018), performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by Susanna Mälkki. 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 twenty 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 my Runner, which has the same five movement form.”