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Terry Riley: In C [Terry Riley]

  • 1. In C, for unspecified performers
    2. Straight On Till Morning, for reeds, synthesizer, 2 percussion instruments, viola & tape
    3. Atlantide, radio work for voice, various ensembles, electrcoustic & environmental sounds: excerpts
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22251

  • Credits
    ProducerMonique Grenier; Richard Lavallee; Laurne Major
    EngineerAndr Riopel; Alain Chenier; Yves Lepage

    Personnel: Ensemble Vocal De Montreal (vocals); L. Frenette (soprano); Isabelle Ouellet, Sylvie Gauthier, Rene Voyer (alto); Louise-Andre Baril (harp); Evan Green (sitar); Olga Razenhofer, Genevive Beaudry (violin); Francine Lupien (viola); Sylvie Lambert (cello); Lise Daoust (flute); Andre Moisan (clarinet); Lise Beauchamp (oboe, English horn); Bene Bernard, Rene Bernard (bassoon); Philippe Daviet, Jean-Sebastien Allaire, David Packer (tenor saxophone); Lise Bouchard, Manon Lafrance (trumpet); Jocelyn Veilleux, Michele Gagon (French horn); Albert Devito (trombone); Alain Cazes, Alain Cazade (tuba); Jacques Beaudoin (double bass); Guy Thouin (tabla); Julien Grgoire, Alain Kourie (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Yves Lepage.
    Liner Note Authors: Terry Riley; Walter Boudreau.
    Recording information: Cite Du Havre Studio, Societe Radio, Montreal, Canada (07/08/1985-06/12/1997); Salle Pierre-Mercure (07/08/1985-06/12/1997); Studio 13, Maison De Radio, Canada (07/08/1985-06/12/1997).
    In 1970, the Montreal avant-garde ensemble L'Infonie recorded one of the most original versions of Terry Riley's "In C" (released as the LP Vol. 33: Mantra). The two leaders of the long-disbanded group, poet/singer Raul Duguay and composer/conductor of the Ensemble de la Socit de Musique Contemporaine du Qubec Walter Boudreau, teamed up 27 years later to record another version. Both are very different though. The 1970 L'Infonie recording was propelled by a rhythm section of drums, electric bass, and electric guitar (a bold move from Boudreau at the time), which resulted in a groovy rendition far from those recorded by more conventional orchestras. The 1997 (released in 2000) SMCQ version takes the rhythm section out, adds a choir (the 12-member Ensemble Vocal de Montral), a solo voice part (Duguay), a psychedelic Indian-like introduction (with tablas, sitar, and meditative singing) that delays the familiar eight-note pulsation for five minutes, and lyrics to the 53 motifs of the piece. The piece is more grandiose but also sounds less immediate. Part of the essence of "In C" is the feeling of osmosis one gets from each musician's decision to either repeat the same motif or move to the next. But here, the music sounds a bit too staged, too prepared; it remains a good performance though. The program is completed by a Donald Steven piece recorded in 1988 and excerpts from a 1985 recording of Michel-Georges Brgent's "Atlantide" (available in a more powerful and complete studio version on Atlantide). ~ Franois Couture

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