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Reich: Drumming

Magazine article Gramophone

Reich: Drumming

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Reich [G]


Synergy Vocals; Colin Currie Group

Colin Currie Records (F) CCR001 (55' * DDD)

The Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 for a Prom that included Steve Reich's Drumming. If you attended the concert you might well remember what an effect this expansive yet focused piece had in the Royal Albert Hall, a space possessed of precisely the same qualities.

Drumming, completed in 1971, is Reich's longest piece. It represents the culmination of his experiments with phasing and a broadening of his timbrai horizons. It is rhythmically and harmonically static, yet epic in both its proportions and its journey. Though it is often cited as the first minimalist masterpiece, it probably signalled the start of the genre's fattening-up into something more maximal and less severe.

Since 2006 the Group has performed Drumming elsewhere with Synergy Vocals and given the first performance of the piece Reich attended as an ordinary punter. …

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