BABETTE KOBLENZ (b.1956): Salpetriere Version B for 4 Percussionists, TAN DUN (b.1957): Elegy: Snow in June for Cello and Percussion (Alexander Hülshoff [cello]), STEVE REICH (b.1936): Six Marimbas, ANDRÉ JOLIVET (1905-1974): Cérémonial for 6 Percussionists.
Catalogue Number: 01K113
Reference: CCD 454
Description: Jolivet's impressive Cérémonial is an homage to his teacher, Varèse. It employs a large percussion ensemble to the fullest, in a rhythmically complex processional, in which pitched instruments play an important rôle in providing a distinct melodic contour in addition to the pulsating meter, constantly in flux. The Reich is a 1986 reworking of 1973's Six Pianos; classic process minimalism, it relies on phase-shifting of slowly transforming melodic cells for its effect of hypnotic slow metamorphosis. Tan Dun's elegiac concertante work for cello and four percussion groups brings elements of traditional Chinese music and the Western avant garde into confrontation, with additional unorthodox percussion instruments adding coloristic 'world music' overtones. Koblenz' lively piece contains elements of jazz and minimalism in a propulsive and energetic, immensely rhythmically differentiated work of considerable humor and ready approachability. SchlagEnsemble H/F/M.