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Third Coast Percussion & Steve Reich

Release Date: 02/12/2016 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 161   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Third Coast Percussion
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Third Coast Percussion has been saluted by the Washington Post for its “virtuosity and precisely timed wit”, and was called by the New York Times a “commandingly elegant” ensemble. The group, which is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame, teaches and performs a concert series in Chicago, and has commissioned dozens of new works.; This album is the ensemble’s Cedille label debut, and is an 80th birthday acknowledgement to American composer Steve Reich, the founding father of musical minimalism. This CD features four of Reich’s most notable percussion works.


It’s above all a sensual approach to tone color that comes through in Third Coast’s take on classic works, whether it’s the relaxed
Read more warmth of the Mallet Quartet or the glistening brightness of “Music for Pieces of Wood.” Joined by the pianists David Friend and Oliver Hagen, the ensemble also finds full-blooded drama in the Sextet, which contains within its five movements a world of expressions from impish charm to almost oppressive darkness.

– New York Times Read less

Works on This Recording

Sextet by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Third Coast Percussion
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Third Coast Percussion
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Third Coast Percussion
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Mallet Quartet by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Third Coast Percussion
Length: 14 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Good Listener July 26, 2016 By James Nuckels (Dallas, TX) See All My Reviews "Composer Reich, pieces of wood, mallets -- this is a combination made in heaven! You can listen to this disc casually, but you will miss the pleasure of the subtle rhythm shifts unless you listen closely. This disc will be in my "most played" slot in my cabinet. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 Audiophile Reich May 20, 2016 By Jay Singer (Pepper Pike, OH) See All My Reviews "I find what has been termed minimalist music to be relaxing in the same way that Indian ragas are. For some people the repetition and slow harmonic and rhythmic movement is irritating. This diatonic instrumental music is, in many ways similar to Reich' "Music for 18 Musicians" and I greatly enjoy it. The composition for wooden pieces is interesting but, one listen is plenty... Also, it is worth noting that this is an audiophile-quality recording. It is a pleasure to hear the pristine, dynamic music arrayed across a wide, deep soundfield." Report Abuse
 Not Good March 8, 2016 By John Richard Ricciardi (Charlotte, NC) See All My Reviews "do not like at all same sound and beat over & over" Report Abuse
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