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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/steve-reich-barbican-festival-shows-his-influence-massive-own-music-left-deepest-impression-2011-05-10
    May 10, 2011|1 comments

    Steve Reich was the guest of honor at the Barbican in London for Reverberations, a weekend-long music marathon exploring his music and influence, featuring Kronos Quartet in the European premiere of his WTC 9/11. The Daily Telegraph gives Reverberations a perfect five stars, saying that while Reich's "influence has been massive ... it was the innocence and shy ecstasy of Reich’s own music that left the deepest impression." The Times and Evening Standard give the festival four stars. Kronos gives the Scottish premiere of WTC 9/11 this Friday for the weekend's Kronos in Glasgow festival.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/listen-kronos-quartet-performs-steve-reichs-wtc-911-excerpt-2011-05-05
    May 05, 2011|0 comments

    Kronos Quartet will give the European premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11—the composer's musical response to the attacks of September 11, 2001—at London's Barbican Hall this weekend, following Saturday's NY premiere at Carnegie Hall. The New Yorker's Alex Ross writes: "It is a dark, raw, haunting piece, its detached fury indicative of the undiminished powers of a great American artist who will celebrate his 75th birthday in October." Nonesuch will release the first recording of WTC 9/11 in September. You can listen to an excerpt of the recording here. [Ed: Excerpt no longer available.]

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/kronos-quartet-receives-avery-fisher-prize-polar-music-prize-first-to-win-both-prizes-2011-05-03
    May 03, 2011|0 comments

    Nonesuch Records wishes to congratulate Kronos Quartet, which has been named the recipient of two internationally renowned awards: in the United States, the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded for outstanding achievement and excellence in music, and in Sweden, the Polar Music Prize, an international music prize awarded to individuals, groups, or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements. No other musician or ensemble has ever won both prizes, let alone in a single year. Also receiving the 2011 Polar Music Prize is singer/songwriter/poet Patti Smith.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/steve-reich-75th-celebrated-carnegie-hall-results-will-be-hard-to-top-ny-times-2011-05-02
    May 02, 2011|0 comments

    Steve Reich's 75th was celebrated in style at Carnegie Hall Saturday night with an all-Reich concert that included the NY premieres of WTC 9/11, Mallet Quartet, and 2x5 and a performance of Double Sextet. Carnegie Hall "assembled a starry roster of new-music ensembles," says the New York Times, "and the results will be hard to top." NPR says the concert showed that Reich "continues to make innovative music and is still one of the most important and influential voices of our era." The pieces "were individually marvelous," says SPIN, "and collectively provided a terrific summing up of what Reich is all about ... [E]very piece of the evening was a small miracle." The composer and performers head next to London for Reverberations, the Barbican's two-day celebration of Reich's work and influences.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/steve-reich-wtc-911-featured--wall-street-journal-kronos-quartet-give-ny-premiere-carnegie-hall-2011-04-28

    Steve Reich - b&w

    April 28, 2011|0 comments

    Steve Reich and his latest piece, WTC 9/11, are featured in the Wall Street Journal. Kronos Quartet will give the piece its NYC premiere at Carnegie Hall this Saturday as part of an all-Reich, multi-artist concert celebrating the composer's 75th birth year. Time Out New York calls it "a program suited to its festive occasion." The Barbican in London celebrates the following weekend with Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich; enter to win tickets and more.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/cal-performances-2011-12-season-include-dawn-upshaw-kronos-quartet-rokia-traore-assads-richard-goode-2011-04-27
    April 27, 2011|0 comments

    Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, has announced its 2011–12 season, which will feature performances from a number of performers familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Dawn Upshaw and Rokia Traoré, each in a collaboration with director Peter Sellars, the latter also with novelist Toni Morrison; Kronos Quartet in the Bay Area premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11; Sérgio and Odair Assad; and Richard Goode.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/steve-reich-discuss-wtc-911-wnyc-soundcheck-advance-kronos-quartet-ny-premiere-carnegie-hall-2011-04-27

    Steve Reich - color

    April 27, 2011|0 comments

    Tune in to hear Steve Reich today on WNYC's Soundcheck. The composer will discuss his latest piece, WTC 9/11, which will be given its NY premiere in a performance by Kronos Quartet this Saturday at Carnegie Hall, in an all-Reich concert celebrating his 75th birth year. (Listen to a recent Q2 program on the Carnegie Hall concert here.) Also on today's Soundcheck is a live set from Timothy Andres, who was recently named one of the top 100 Composers Under 40 by NPR and Q2. Soundcheck names Emmylou Harris's Hard Bargain a Pick of the Week. 

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/kronos-quartet-gives-gripping-performance-la-times-west-coast-premiere-steve-reich-wtc-9-11-2011-04-07
    April 07, 2011|0 comments

    Kronos Quartet gave the West Coast premiere of Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 at Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Irvine, California, last night. The Los Angeles Times says all the pieces on the program were "given a gripping performance" by Kronos. The Orange County Register says "WTC 9/11 is compelling and dramatic, gritty, too, without trying too hard ... Kronos gave it a stunning performance, which was par for the night." Kronos performs the piece at the Clarice Smith Center in Maryland on Sunday and at Carnegie Hall later this month.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/steve-reich-talks-la-times-wtc-911-kronos-quartet-others-discuss-reich-music-new-videos-2011-04-04

    Steve Reich - b&w

    April 04, 2011|0 comments

    Steve Reich's WTC 9/11 recently received its world premiere in a performance by Kronos Quartet, which will give the West Coast premiere this week in Irvine, California. The Los Angeles Times spoke with the composer about this "signature Reich piece" and with Kronos, "the pied pipers of innovative music," about the collaboration. Kronos will give the NY premiere later this month in an all-Reich program at Carnegie Hall. Kronos and other performers on the concert talk about performing Reich's music in new short videos you can watch here.

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  • http://www.nonesuch.com/journal/kronos-quartet-give-world-premiere-steve-reich-wtc-911-duke-residency-culminating-concert-2011-03-18
    March 18, 2011|0 comments

    Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet are in the midst of their artist residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, which will culminate in the world premiere of Reich's latest work, WTC 9/11, on Saturday. Reich wrote the piece for Kronos, as he has his two previous quartets, which are also on Saturday's program. While Kronos may be a string quartet, "they are also like a rock group," Reich tells the Duke Chronicle, "and that’s an incredible accomplishment."

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