- Performer: Bang On A Can
- Composer: Steve Reich
- Audio CD (April 25, 2000)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nonesuch
- ASIN: B00004SUVK
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,406 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
New York Counterpoint / Eight Lines / Four Organs
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Steve Reich's take on what's popularly been called minimalism has been to illuminate the nature of musical phrases played in staccato fashion on various instruments and then variously "phase shift" their lines into new, contrapuntal relationships. This music can either delight or annoy, and Reich has done both in his time. Fortunately, on this disc the music itself is neither too complex to play nor too difficult to follow, and it could stand as an excellent primer for Reich's early minimalism. What genuinely triumphs on this disc is Octet (of 1979/80). It's an athletic work that brings various instruments into and out of play in carefully cadenced rhythmic patterns that are typical of Reich's very best writing. For Reich fans, though, there might not be anything new here; newbies, however, should be quite taken. --Paul Cook
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Who better than Reich's own musicians could pull off such an amazing clinical performance of this music? New York resident ensemble Bang on a Can. A must have for any Reich enthusiast.
The other pieces are less interesting. The `Octet' often drags and `Four Organs' definitely does, although it has a certain hypnotic quality that the Octet lacks. Four Organs is one of those pieces that created audience uproar when it was played in New York, so it's always interesting to hear what people fussed about. Overall, `Four Organs' is the earliest and most experimental piece. By contrast it is pretty rugged; the Hammond organs create a wall of homogenous sound that really starts to grate on you unless you stop waiting for it to change. The Octet, I think straddles the line between `New York....' and `Four Organs' both chronologically and in terms of the duration of repetitions. In `New York...' things change just when they become uninteresting. In `Four Organs' things don't change and you just need to adapt yourself to what is going on. `Octet' yields a little; it is not as mechanistic as `Four Organs,' but still leaves you getting bored with the events before they change. New York Counterpoint is worth it, and 'Four Organs' is historically interesting. Perhaps the octet is interesting filler.
Even if it not so good as "Music for 18 musicians" it is very good but I cant give THIS a five because composers/jazz musicians/rock band sometimes do masterpieces and sometimes not and this is, comparing to "Music for 18 musicians" not in the same class but it has a lot.
"New York counterpoint" reminds a BIT of piece mentioned above, "Eight lines" is a good one and "Four organs" could be annoying OR fun, depending on your mood.
This is something for both newies AND old Rech fans here but if you are completly new... start with "Music for 18 musicians" then go to "Triple Quartet" and THEN to this is my advice.
Dont let other bad reviews scare you about this. IT IS GOOD but it is a bit short (ca 45 minutes). Anyway it is intresting, fun and has a clear sound and it is very well performed.
Un disco para obviar.