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Reich: Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint / Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny
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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 28-FEB-1989
Top Customer Reviews
Electric Counterpoint is some of Reich's most beautiful music if you ask me. Each note is absolutely clear; the music changes gradually in increments with great awareness of keeping the listener never bored but always interested. The guitar virtuosity of Pat Metheny does a lot for the piece, too. For one thing, Reich finished his drafts of the music with Metheny telling him where the notes could go given the physical shape of guitars. For me, Electric Counterpoint is probably much more enjoyable to listen to than Different Trains. Wonderful music.
Different Trains is an important Reich piece to be familiar, but I'd even highly recommend this cd just for Electric Counterpoint. This cd is very high on the list of Steve Reich cd's to get.
Electric Counterpoint is, quite sadly, the overlooked portion of this CD for me. I am a huge Pat Metheny fan, but I look to his other CDs for his best work. I know it is my loss. . . .
Bottom Line: Whether or not you like Steve Reich and/or the Kronos Quartet, you need to give this CD a listen--it is a challenge and a delight.
It's magic, I believe... How else could something so distant and far gone come back to life through music? How else could something we all try to remove from our spoiled memories drill its way into our heads? How else could music be so powerful as to force us to admit: "it's true, it all really happened"? All of a sudden it's real, more real than it had ever been before. Holocaust, that is.
The twentieth century was the century of sight, they say... Photography, the cinema and TV have made our vision keener. This is good, no doubt, but there are counterparts. Through television, our eyes have gotten to be so familiar with death and the horrors of war, they no longer move our brains, or hearts. It all looks the same, therefore it all feels the same. Like fiction.
Steve Reich asks us not to look, or watch, or even "see," but to close our eyes and listen carefully for once... It's music, he has in store for us, but not the music we are used to... You see, art has no "ethical sympathies," says Oscar Wilde (and I agree with him). So music - perhaps art's most sublime form - should be concerned with Beauty and not with Reality. And that's the way it is, usually, and rightly so. I believe in Aesthetics, and I wouldn't want music to become a political ground. But if someone comes along who manages to combine beautiful music with Reality - or rather, to make a "documentary in music" - there can't possibly be any harm in that...
On the contrary, I believe, it can open a new channel into our hearts, pierce our recalcitrant consciences, allowing them to bleed at last.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
:one reviewer stated "its meant to point to the album of the century"
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I had purchased this when it was first released, but lost track of my copy somewhere, so I got another one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Reeves
I was looking for a different album.This had some bland interesting kind of moments.Published 18 months ago by guitarhombre
"DIFFERENT TRAINS" (1988) is one of the better known works by Steve Reich (1936 - ), an American composer who helped develop minimalism in music, during the mid to late 1960s... Read morePublished on August 1, 2014 by Claudia Etheridge
I missed this one earlier, so sorry. Love it. More I hear it the more I like it, keep diving inside deeper. Don't you miss it!Published on June 6, 2014 by raceinggreen
I have listened to this cd for probably twenty years and still find it very moving. the piece compares the holocast to american life of the forties. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by Steven R. Severance
Wanted to hear Reich's original Electric Counterpoint fast III, and I got it :) Did not disappoint. For anyone who like a little more "upbeat" check out Röyksopp's... Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Saus
The Grammy-award winning "Different Trains" is probably one of Reich's most famous and popular compositions. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Discophage
I am not sure what to make of this album yet. I like Music For 18 Musicians and Sextet/Six Marimbas very much; they appeal to me as a nascent Taiko drummer. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Philip Hallquist