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5.0 out of 5 stars Try again Andrew..., 16 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Wtc 9/11 / Mallet Quartet / Dance Patterns (Audio CD)
I have never reviewed anything at Amazon, but feel impelled to comment here (Steve Reich doesn't need me to "defend" him). I heard a short extract of this at the Nonesuch site and replayed it as often as I could before Nonesuch took it down, and then bought it as soon as I could. Having followed Reich's music for more than thirty years (and initially been a sceptic about the speech-derived music of 'Different Trains' et al), I was immediately struck by both the invention Reich brought to what is an utterly heartfelt response to tragedy, and also by the technical innovations he employs, which I believe take this piece a step on from earlier, similar, works. A more direct comparison would actually be with his earlier 'City Life', which used recordings of the first attempted attack on the WTC, and sections of his and Beryl Korot's 'Three Tales' (especially the chilling "look away" section). The five stars reflect my opinion that Reich is breaking new ground with this piece. However commercially driven their inclusion might have been, the addition of older pieces is a welcome expansion of the available recordings in the Reich canon, and, frankly, saying that the title piece is too short is rather like telling Picasso that he should have added a few more feet of canvas to 'Guernica', or asking Miles Davis to tack another five minutes on to 'Kind of Blue'. It's as long as he wanted it to be.
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