Catalogue No: 79327
Shop Product Code: 245038N

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Subtitle: 2-CD Set)

Department: CDs - Classical CDs

Publisher: Nonesuch

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Cheryl Bensman, Marion Beckenstein, James Bassi, Hugo Munday
Steve Reich & Musicians
Paul Hillier, conductor

2-CD box set of The Cave (1990-93), Steve Reich's collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot

In the Bible, Abraham buys a cave from Ephron the Hittite as a burial place for his wife Sarah. The Cave of the Patriarchs, as it has come to be known, became the final resting place not only for Sarah, but for Abraham and their descendants as well. In Jewish mystical sources the cave is also a passageway back to the Garden of Eden. It is said that Adam and Eve are buried there.

The Cave is in three acts. In each act Reich and Korot asked the same basic questions to a different group of people. The basic five questions were: Who for you is Abraham? Who for you is Sarah? Who for you is Hagar? Who for you is Ishmael? Who for you is Isaac? In the first act they asked Israelis, in the second they asked Palestinians, and in the third they asked Americans.

released: 11 Dec


Contents and Reviews

The Cave

Act 1: West Jerusalem/Hebron (May - June 1989)
Typing Music (Genesis XVI)
Who Is Abraham?
Genesis XII
Who Is Sarah?
Who Is Hagar?
Typing Music Repeat
Who Is Ishmael?
Genesis XVIII
Who Is Isaac?
Genesis XXI
The Casting Out of Ishmael and Hagar
Machpelah Commentary
Genesis XXV
Interior of the Cave

Act 2: East Jerusalem / Hebron (June 1989 and June 1991)
Surah 3
Who Is Ibrahim?
Who Is Hajar?
The Near Sacrifice?
El Khalil Commentary
Interior of the Cave

Act 3: New York City / Austin (April - May 1992)
Who Is Abraham?
Who Is Sarah?
Who Is Hagar?
Who Is Ishmael?
The Binding of Isaac
The Cave of Machpelah