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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reich
This album sums up Steve Reich - minimalist as it says on the packet. Triple Quartet played by the kronos quartet was a delight. I found the Electric guitar phase enjoyable as well. Really happy with this purchase.
Published on 12 Mar 2011 by Mr. S. D. Saunders

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3.0 out of 5 stars Essential but disappointing
Reich's output continues to be steady and considered; his releases, while perhaps not as frequent as other contemporaries, tend to provide quality of both composition and performance rather than regularity of release.
It's a shame, then, that "Triple Quartet" fails to live up to what we have come to expect. Kronos made an excellent job with a powerful performance of...
Published on 14 Sep 2003 by Nathan Truesdale


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reich, 12 Mar 2011
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This album sums up Steve Reich - minimalist as it says on the packet. Triple Quartet played by the kronos quartet was a delight. I found the Electric guitar phase enjoyable as well. Really happy with this purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Essential but disappointing, 14 Sep 2003
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Nathan Truesdale (Nottingham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Reich: Triple Quartet (Audio CD)
Reich's output continues to be steady and considered; his releases, while perhaps not as frequent as other contemporaries, tend to provide quality of both composition and performance rather than regularity of release.
It's a shame, then, that "Triple Quartet" fails to live up to what we have come to expect. Kronos made an excellent job with a powerful performance of Different Trains; yet the rhythmic drive, easy accessibility and sense of fun that Triple Quartet provides for are strangely missing here. While the performance is certainly proficient, a sparkle is simply missing, and the intensity that pervades "Different Trains" just ain't there. This may be due to the use of tapes in "Triple"; the stereo possibilities of the full live ensemble are something that was not exploited, and while Reich wrote the work for one live quartet and tape, it's a shame that the recording doesn't have the full band.
Don't let that distract from that fact that this is a superb piece - nothing profound, perhaps, but great fun and an important addition to the quartet / string orchestra repertoire. Think John Adams' "Shaker Loops" meets "Music for Eighteen Musicians" and you're there. As great an introduction to Reich for the uninitiated as it is a delight for those who converted to him long ago!
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