NY Times: Steve Reich Gives "Supple Account" of His Revolutionary Work
Steve Reich & Musicians' performance capped off a marathon concert at Lincoln Center's newly renovated Alice Tully Hall Tuesday night for the Hall's Opening Nights Festival. Starting the concert off was Alarm Will Sound, followed by Bang on a Can All-Stars with Glenn Kotche, whose Mobile the New York Times describes as a "bright-edged, vigorously syncopated" piece. The Times says Reich and his ensemble gave "a supple account" of the composer's Music for 18 Musicians, "a pivotal work in Mr. Reich’s canon and a score that helps define the boundary between Minimalism and post-Minimalism."
Steve Reich & Musicians' performance of the composer's groundbreaking 1976 piece Music for 18 Musicians capped off a marathon concert at Lincoln Center's newly renovated Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday night. The evening's program, titled New York, New Music, New Hall, was part of the Hall's Opening Nights Festival of events celebrating the redesigned space. Starting the concert off was Alarm Will Sound, led by artistic director Alan Pierson, followed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, featuring special guest Glenn Kotche.
The New York Times's Allan Kozinn says in this "celebration of what was once called downtown music," Kotche's 2007 work Mobile, which the drummer performed with Bang on a Can, was a "bright-edged, vigorously syncopated" piece.
Kozinn says Reich and his ensemble gave "a supple account" of the seminal Reich piece, which the reviewer calls "a pivotal work in Mr. Reich’s canon and a score that helps define the boundary between Minimalism and post-Minimalism." He continues:
Its Minimalist DNA—the insistent ostinato that runs through the hourlong score, and note-by-note evolution of the superimposed themes—grabs the attention. But the density and variety of those themes are the work’s real meat, and they were a revolution for Mr. Reich.
Read the complete concert review at nytimes.com.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016Wednesday, December 21, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, and the Nonesuch Journal takes a bit of a hiatus till the start of 2017, it's time to take a look back and remember all of the great and diverse music made by Nonesuch artists over the past year. Many Nonesuch artists and their recent Nonesuch releases have made music critics' and fans' year-end best lists. Here, in words and music and in chronological order, is a look back at the year in Nonesuch music.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016Wednesday, June 29, 2016Listen: Allen Toussaint's "American Tunes" Reviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"; His "Touch and Timing Shine"
Allen Toussaint's final recording, American Tunes, released to critical acclaim earlier this month, continues to earn rave reviews. Paste calls it "a beautiful colleciton of tracks that showcase his love of music no matter the genre." NPR's Fresh Air says it's "a fond last look at a composer and pianist who helped refine classic New Orleans pop and rhythm & blues and then brought them into the modern world. We miss him already." You can hear the complete review here.