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Kuniko plays Reich [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Kuniko Audio CD
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  • Composer: Steve Reich
  • Audio CD (16 May 2011)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Linn Records
  • ASIN: B004S2EP8E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Electric Counterpoint Version for Percussions - Movement I: Fast 6:53Album Only
Listen  2. Electric Counterpoint Version for Percussions - Movement II: Slow 3:21Album Only
Listen  3. Electric Counterpoint Version for Percussions - Movement III: Fast 4:43Album Only
Listen  4. Six Marimbas Counterpoint16:32Album Only
Listen  5. Vermont Counterpoint Version for Vibraphone 9:48Album Only


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Kuniko Kato,one of the world's most gifted and significant percussionists of her generation. Her debut recording features three premiere arrangements of Steve Reich's works, uniquely arranged for marimba,vibraphone and steel pans. She had the exciting opportunity of collaborating directly with Reich to create this intoxicating recording stamped with his approval. Kuniko's Japanese heritage and virtuosic technique shine through these arrangements,as each instrument weaves in and out of each other,creating luscious waves of sound.It is her direct collaboration with Reich...that adds sheen to the multi-tracked finished article.The Scotsman.A superb album.(four stars)The Nottingham Post.It's a hypnotic and strangely calming experience.The Observer.

Review

Kuniko Kato is a first rate percussionist who has put a lot of careful thought and hours of rehearsal into making this excellent CD. She has created new and very beautiful arrangements. --Steve Reich

A striking percussionist - in more ways than one. --Los Angeles Times

If you're looking for something cool and modern,(but still accessible and easy on the ears)I definitely recommend Kuniko Plays Reich. --The Music Cube

If you're looking for something cool and modern,(but still accessible and easy on the ears)I definitely recommend Kuniko Plays Reich. --The Music Cube

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5.0 out of 5 stars Music played from the heart 26 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
For lovers of music of Steve Reich of better times, this interpretation of Kuniko is a real wonderland. Execution accuracy accompanied by unusual percussion make this work a real gem. In this interpretation, some pieces are missing a certain "coldness" to enrich an exciting tonal depth. It is music played with heart and not just by reading the musical score. In short, a masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Surround Mixes 27 May 2014
By Neil C
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Three main works performed here, all of them classic Reich.

The first piece, 'Electric Counterpoint', hits its stride at Movement 2, which is particularly beautiful. Unfortunately the choice of steel pans for the opening movement was not the best - all the precision necessary for the articulation of Reich's pattern based music is lost and the the whole thing becomes a kind of wash. This error sets the album off to a less than impressive start..... Movement 3 is fine....

The second piece (effectively 'Six Marimbas') works very well in surround and is a faithful rendition, although without the surround mix there is nothing much to distinguish this from the version on Reich's Sextet/Six Marimbas album. It is worth noting that in this version all the parts are performed (multi-tracked) by Kuniko, pulling the piece more in line with the concept of the Counterpoint pieces).

The final piece 'Vermont Counterpoint', initially scored for multi-tracked flutes, is perhaps the biggest departure with this new instrumentation. It is good but somewhat lacking in low end (I guess because the original was for flutes).

All in all the surround mix is intelligently and creatively done and really does sound fantastic and the performances are tight and meticulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful interpretations of Steve Reich 27 July 2012
By kim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this because I love the Steve Reich pieces featured and was interested in the multichannel audio mix on the SACD - it sounds wonderful and each interpretation adds something to my appreciation of these pieces. Buy this - you will not regret it!
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