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Sextet / 6 Marimbas


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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

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

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: #188,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 19, 2006
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guy De Federicis on December 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Quite exhilerating, stark, simple yet complex marimba musical arrangements by 20th Century (and 21st) composer Steve Reich is wonderful to even this progressive rock fan who admittedly hasn't had much exposure to this type of music. The musical nucleus of this centripetal web keeps the listener transfixed on a musical point that grows, wavers, momentarily disappears and returns with renewed intensity causing the listener to stare into the insistent sound as if by gunpoint, helplessly hypnotized and bondaged towards a finale. Rather mind boggling at times it's not recommended for in your car listening. You're liable to find yourself cruising down a road that didn't exist before you got there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "hirofantv" on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DMA on 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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