STEVE REICH: PULSE / QUARTET
performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble & the Colin Currie Group, these were the original ensembles to deliver these reich compositions to the world, & the results are beautiful in their minimalist simplicity.
“’Pulse’ is unusually quiet & understated Reich. It is based on a single, quirky melody in constant, telling transformation that is as close to a Beethoven late slow quartet movement that Reich is ever likely to get. The lyricism, gorgeous instrumental textures & affecting harmonies are genially & spiritually alluring.” – Los Angeles Times. “Written for two vibraphones & two pianos, Quartet is Mr. Reich’s first piece for those two instruments alone, & the combination is ingenious & seductive, & deployed with subtle craftsmanship. The work has an alert, jazzy, urban character – suavely melancholy in its nocturnal slower middle section, with angular yet genial rhythms that evoke Broadway.” – New York Times.
- Quartet: I. Fast
- Quartet: II. Slow
- Quartet: III. Fast