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Triple Quartet


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 23 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00005NSQT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Triple Quartet: First Movement
2. Triple Quartet: Second Movement
3. Triple Quartet: Third Movement
4. Electric Guitar Phase
5. Music for a Large Ensemble
6. Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint

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By Jonny B on June 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
From the sharp, discerning Triple Quartet, to Tokyo-Vermont Counterpoint, this CD is worth hearing to see an insight into Reich's later works, (starting with Triple Quartet), and it was brilliant to hear a revision of Music for a Large Ensemble, although I cannot really say that it tops the original in terms of colour and rhythm. Tokyo-Vermont Counterpoint shows the musical processes in a more precise way than the flutes, although the natural timbre of the flutes can be more pleasing. Electric Guitar Phase is worth hearing for a re-interpretation of Violin Phase, because the resulting patterns sound so interesting with such a different light shone on them. Overall a very successful CD.
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Format: Audio CD
The rest of it is actually pretty boring. not boring like the desert music though so it's okay.
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By I X Key on March 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
Steve Reich is such a great creative genius. The title piece, Triple Quartet, is very new music for Steve Reich. One factor in this was that just before & during composition of this piece he heard Schnittke for this first time. It's different from other music by Reich, but it's also quintissentially Reich. To me it kind of feels like a caravan, camels & sands & silks & all. It's the Kronos Quartet playing over 2 tapes of themselves.
Electric Guitar Phase is a rescoring of Violin Phase, & it sounds very different from the original. The electric guitar, with some distortion, is certainly a change.
The Music for a Large Ensemble on this cd is a revised version of the original piece, & it does sound very different. Good work, Reich, I do prefer the new version on this cd.
Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint is crazy music. This & Electric Guitar Phase are the 2 pieces on this great cd that feel extremely futuristic in different ways. After numerous times people tried to perform it, this is the only one to satisfy Steve Reich.
I wouldn't recommend this cd as an introduction to Steve Reich's music, but for established fans it's very exciting new music from a protean composer.
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By A Customer on June 4 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here you get a lot of Reich minimalist styles over the years.
Kronos play -as usual- well on this one in Bartok style and they taped themself and overdubbed it with a stunning result.
about the guitar piece... well I prefer Jeff Beck do stuff like this but it grows and... why nt? but for me it this albums weak point so I, because of this guitar track, was consider give this record a four star insted of five.
The best is the two last splendid minimalist pices for large orchestra and that midiplayed Japanese/Vermont piece.
Great sound and a good start for a newie to Riech music. Other here on Amazon complain about that most of it is "old" stuff... yes it is but it is improved, revised and comes with a better sound so if you are intrested in modern american minimalist music dont hesitate to grab this.
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By "hirofantv" on March 14 2002
Format: Audio CD
Here Steve Reich offers a refreshed experiencing of the old pieces Violin Phase & Music for a Large Ensemble. Violin Phase sounds markedly futuristic, compelling, rescored for electric guitar -- especially the swarming pulse section in the middle. Music for a Large Ensemble, while recognisable as the same piece it was before, has been rewritten & reworked for this version. Triple Quartet, featuring the Kronos quartet playing over tapes of themselves, is, wirthin the parameters of his mechanical composition, as new sound for Reich, written after he heard Schnittke for the first time & also with inspiration from Bartok. Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint for midi marimba is a very different experimental piece with a sense of humor. The tiny pulses that come in for the end make me grin widely.
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Format: Audio CD
A characteristic of better performances of Steve Reich is the how the dense rythmic structure creates a complex and expansive aural space. This disc's flat recording of adequate performances reduces that sonic architecture to graphic design: absolutely two-dimensional. I'm a longtime fan of Reich's work, but the most interesting aspect of this Nonesuch disc is its cover art.
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