Personnel: Steve Reich (piano, marimba); Jay Clayton (vocals, piano); Marion Beckenstein, Rebecca Armstrong (soprano); Elizabeth Lim, Shem Guibbory (violin); Ken Ishii, Jeanne LeBlanc (cello); Virgil Blackwell, Richard Cohen , Evan Ziporyn (clarinet, bass clarinet); James Preiss (piano, vibraphone); David Van Tieghem, Garry Kvistad (piano, marimba, xylophone); Larry Karush (piano, marimba); Phillip Bush (piano, maracas); Benjamin Kobler, Steve Chambers, Edmund Niemann, Nurit Tilles (piano); Timothy Ferchen, Bob Becker , Russ Hartenberger, Glen Velez (marimba, xylophone); Thad Wheeler, Gary Schall (marimba, maracas).
Liner Note Author: K. Robert Schwarz.
Recording information: Hit Factory, New York, NY (10/1996).
Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble.
Photographer: Betty Freeman.
Translator: Konstanze Streese.
Nonesuch's 1998 issue of Music for 18 Musicians was originally released as part of the ten-disc box set Works. It's a new digital recording (from 1996) of Reich's most famous piece, and it's the only single-disc release of the piece. It's a fine, nearly definitive, recording of one of the most influential contemporary classical compositions of the late 20th century. ~ Leo Stanley
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