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Sextet / 6 Marimbas

S. Reich Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 28, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005IY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sextet: 1st Movement
2. Sextet: 2nd Movement
3. Sextet: 3rd Movement
4. Sextet: 4th Movement
5. Sextet: 5th Movement
6. Six Marimbas

Editorial Reviews

These pieces, written more than a decade apart, show the changes that occurred in Reich's music. Six Marimbas is a re-scoring of Reich's Six Pianos (1973), one of his most mechanically oriented pieces. The continuing rhythms are quite exhilarating, but some listeners find this music monotonous. I don't, but even I prefer the Sextet from 1985, which has more harmonic movement than Reich's earlier works. In either case, the music will appeal mostly to those who like rhythmically oriented percussion music, here composed by its greatest master. For many of us, Reich transcends the "minimalist" label and writes real music of lasting value. Try some. --Leslie Gerber

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Page for Steve Reich September 3, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Sextet/Six Marimbas represents a certain pinnacle in Steve Reich's career. While Six Marimbas is still classic minimalism (a necessary re-scoring of Six Pianos), Sextet is one of the most remarkable pieces of the last fifteen years. The piece more successfully integrates minimalist technique to the mainstream language of classical music, especially in the Third Movement. It also accomplishes a rare feat with percussion instruments: notes are given length, especially in the bowed vibraphone. The liner notes further explain Reich's composition ideas, but that isn't essential to enjoying the piece. Overall, Sextet successfully unites several academic ideas to produce beautiful sounding music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music June 19, 2006
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this music on the BBC in a tent on the north west coast of Scotland in a freezing winter gale. But they didn't back announce it, so I had no clue what I just listened to. For years all I had was the memory of this gorgeous sound circling in my head, if you listen to it you'll understand. Eventually a percussionist/tenor/conductor friend identified it from my description and I bought it the next day. This is such a wonderful overloaded harmony I just wish there was much more music like this. There aren't many pieces of music that have ever made such an impression on me that I searched for years and remember exactly where and how I first heard it. For me Sextet is the lesser of the two pieces, but still well worth having even if it was the only thing on the disk. This is a wonderful clean clear recording, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the master with his favorite instrument May 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This cd marks a cornerstone for Reich. On the delightful Sextet he does things with bowing marimbas or playing them normally. The first of its parts, of 5, unfolds brilliantly in his classic minimal manner. The 3rd is the MOST fun. The 5th, with its intricacies & the wild wild pulses at the end, always leaves me breathless. Then, Six Marimbas is one of his greatest even tapestries. I recommend this cd most highly for anyone interested in Reich.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! June 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can't get enough of "Six Marimbas". It is so soothing, warm and inviting. I listen to it over and over. I think "Six Marimbas" is one of Reich's most beautiful works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful March 12, 2003
By I X Key
Format:Audio CD
Sextet is a very fun piece, with the gradually changing marimba melodies & also marimbas played with bows to get longer notes than a marimba can usually do. My favorite part of Sextet is the 3rd movement. & also, the way the 5th & final movement ends is amazing -- amazing -- it always leaves me breathless.
As for Six Marimbas, it's one of my favorite Reich pieces. A rescoring of Six Pianos. I have both versions, & the rescoring improved the piece infinitely; with marimbas, you can hear each note so well. & the way the music changes always makes you so curious to see what the next note to change will be & how.
This cd as a whole coheres so well, since the 2 different pieces that are melodically & rhythmically very different from each other are both for marimbas.
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