In 1964, Terry Riley kicked off a revolution with his landmark piece, "In C," inspiring such young composers as Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Now, Bang on a Can reinterprets this minimalist classic with an explosive combination of instruments from around the globe, propelling this transcendental '60's masterpiece into the future.
Top 10 Classical CDs of 2001, Top 10 Pop CDs of 2001 - The New York Times
Essential Underground CD of the Month - Mojo
#1 Ambient/Instrumental CD of 2001 - Pulse!
A dazzling new version of Riley's minimalist landmark - San Francisco Chronicle
"Can now stand as the definitive version of In C." - Richard C. Walla, Sound & Vision
In C is a 42-minute long piece played without stop from beginning to end. There are no tracks on the CD itself in order to produce a continuous listening experience - as the piece was meant to be heard - and was heard live at the World Financial Center on November 20, 1998.
John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds, wrote the following introduction for the concert program on November 20, 1998:
"Terry Riley's piece In C is one of the seminal works of the late 20th century. Premiered in 1964, it was the work that introduced the musical style now known as Minimalism to a mainstream audience. Full of repeating cells, insistent rhythms, and high energy, In C is a work that can also be endlessly colorful. It is an 'open score,' meaning that it can be played by any combination of instruments. Over the decades, it has been played by percussion ensembles, guitar groups, a Chinese traditional orchestra, and a microtonal band, among hundreds of others. In C had a deep and lasting impact on contemporary classical composers like Steve Reich and John Adams; but it also affected the rock world, influencing artists like John Cale and Brian Eno."