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Reich: Sextet, Clapping Music & Music for Pieces of Wood / LSO Percussion Ensemble


Release Date: 06/10/2016 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 5073   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Steve Reich is easily one of the world's most influential living composers. Three of his most iconic compositions are featured on this release. "Sextet" utilizes hypnotic repetitions, which interweave and overlap creating a complex and compelling aural landscape. "Clapping Music" composed in 1972 was written after Reich experienced a strong desire to write music for no other instrument than the human body. Finally, "Music for Pieces of Wood" utilizes claves, and despite utilizing no amplification, is one of the loudest pieces that Reich has recorded.

Review:

The beauty of the LSO
Read more Percussion Ensemble’s performance is in its delicate, almost tactile sound, the various textures – some sensual, others more metallic – kept crystal clear, the music’s constant rhythmic course occasionally shifting, crab-like, off center.

– Classical Ear Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Clapping Music by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; United States 
2.
Music for Pieces of Wood by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973; USA 
3.
Sextet by Steve Reich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 

Featured Sound Samples

Clapping Music
Music for Pieces of Wood
Sextet: I. Quarter Note = 192

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Well chosen set and order July 25, 2016 By James C. (Omaha, NE) See All My Reviews "Much as I enjoy performance of Steve Reich compositions, my mind would not stay engaged with an hour of this music with only the sort of pauses given on a CD. There is a nice development with the ordering of these three performances, and with that the 43 minutes is a splendid length. There is a natural quality to the music. I recommend it to those unfamiliar with Steve Reich. (I am neither musician nor connoisseur. I find the musicianship and recording first rate.)" Report Abuse
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