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Reich, Steve – “Daniel Variations ” – [Nonesuch Records]

Cousin Mary   1/11/2009   A Library, CD

Daniel Variations: A tribute to Daniel Pearl, the American journalist who was kidnapped, murdered, and mutilated in Pakistan in 2002. Parts 1 and 3 quote the Book of Daniel, where Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (now Iraq) asks Daniel to interpret his dream of terror. Part 2 and 4 quote Daniel Pearl, “I Sure Hope Gabriel Likes My Music, When The Day Is Done” refers to a Stuff Smith album found in Pearl???s effects (see liner notes). Strong, emotional stuff features 4 pianos, string quartet, percussion, reeds and voices.

Variations for Vibes, Pianos & Strings: Four vibraphones, two pianos, and three string quartets play bright, energetic, gorgeous music characteristic of Reich.

See liner notes for more about harmonic construction of compositions. HIGHLY recommended!

you heard it 27 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 2531 days ago, Fox Populi played I Sure Hope Gabriel Likes My Music, When The Day Is Done
  • 3325 days ago, George Spelvin played I Sure Hope Gabriel Likes My Music, When The Day Is Done
  • 3350 days ago, Pax Humana played Variations For Vibes, Pianos & Strings - Slow (2)
  • 4751 days ago, Nile Simms played Variations For Vibes, Pianos & Strings - Fast (1)
  • 5152 days ago, Mitch LeMay played Variations For Vibes, Pianos & Strings - Fast (1)
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