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5.0 out of 5 stars This is very special...., 5 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Three Tales (PAL) (Audio CD)
Listen to most 'serious' classical music of the last 30 years and chances are you'll be exposed to much noisy angst as composers make there works more and more complex and less and less involving.
Steve Reich of course has always kept to his minimalist ideals but in recent years has allied this to some very profound ideas.
'Different trains' looked at train journeys of differing peoples especially the Jews being taken to there deaths.
'Desert music' used the profound poetry of William Carlos Williams to question our relationship with the planet and now comes this momentous work.
'Three tales' looks at advances in technology and how they have impacted on human life. The first movement considers the Hindenburg and although this at first seems a strange choice we have to remember that in its day it was revolutionary , making its sudden, shocking confligaration all the more powerful.
He then considers the atomic tests on bikini atoll which is a more obvious choice , especially as we know the awful consequences that arose from the making of the atom bomb.
The final movement 'Dolly' is perhaps the most inventive and thought provoking of the trilogy. considering aspects of gene manipulation and cloning.
This is done in a 'vox pop' style with contributions from leading scientific thinkers juxtaposed with Reich's familiar pulsing music.
Suffice to say that from the initial 'Vocoded' intro to the last word I was enthralled and very moved .
This is an awesome work and covers more depth and humanity in its course than many composers forcing orchestras to sound like industrial plants could ever achieve.
Above and beyond its content the CD contains a DVD of the video to accompany the work making it even more of a worthwhile purchase, top marks for Reich and Nonesuch for an innovative idea.
To sum up, I think you may have guessed that I like this work very much . Some music you may find pleasant enough but some works touch you deeply and stay with you, this is such a work and I urge you to try it.
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