Julian Bliss joins in this year’s 80th birthday celebrations of the iconic American composer Steve Reich with a digital release of his minimalist masterpiece New York Counterpoint. Bliss performs all 12 parts on this new multitrack recording, which is available in both standard definition and as a 24-bit studio quality master.

The work is paired with a composition by fellow American composer Marc Mellits – a new arrangement of his piece Black for two clarinets and bass clarinets, also performed entirely by Julian Bliss. Considered a protégé of Reich, Marc Mellits’s unique musical style has been described as an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener.

This digital-only recording is available from all major download stores and streaming services in MP3, CD Quality and Studio Quality/24-bit audio, and includes a digital booklet. It is also available to buy as a ‘Presto CD’ – a standard CD made to order by Presto Music with a printed booklet and inlay.

Get it on Presto Classical.


Julian Bliss clarinets

RELEASE DATE: 03/10/2016
BARCODE: 635212082225

New York Counterpoint

Steve Reich

1. I. First Movement

2. II. Second Movement

3. III. Third Movement

4. Black Marc Mellits