Thursday, May 3, 2012
Steve Reich Sydney Opera House Residency Concludes with Concert of "Brilliant Edginess" (Sydney Morning Herald, Four Stars)
Steve Reich made a rare visit to Australia for a residency at the Sydney Opera House that culminated in an all-Reich concert Sunday night. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet was performed "with brilliant edginess" by eighth blackbird, says the Sydney Morning Herald in a four-star review, and with "tight-knit playing and incisive attack," says The Australian. Of Reich's seminal Music for 18 Musicians, the latter paper writes: "Performed by a collective of Australia's finest contemporary music performers, this compelling account captured its exuberance while simultaneously revealing its inventive instrumental colours." On Monday, Reich participated in a conversation and concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Steve Reich Heads to Australia for Inaugural Sydney Opera House Residency, Melbourne Recital Centre Event
Steve Reich makes a rare visit to Australia for the launch of a new series at the Sydney Opera House called The Composers. The House will stage The Composers: Steve Reich in Residence, a program that will celebrate Reich's work through a number of events, culminating in a Sunday night performance of some of the highlights of his musical repertoire by Synergy Percussion, eighth blackbird, and others. On Monday, Reich heads down to Melbourne for a conversation and concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre with eighth blackbird and members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Steve Reich will make a rare visit to Australia this April for the launch of a new series at the Sydney Opera House called The Composers. From April 26 to 29, the House will stage The Composers: Steve Reich in Residence, featuring a workshop with students from the Flagship Sydney Youth Orchestras, a conversation at Sydney Opera House, and a culminating performance by Synergy Percussion, eighth blackbird, and others.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Congratulations to Pat Metheny, who has won the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for his 2011 Nonesuch release, What's It All About. This year's win marks Metheny's 19th Grammy Award. Watch his performance of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" here. Congratulations also go to Judith Sherman, who won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical, for work including two Nonesuch albums: John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony and Steve Reich's WTC 9/11.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Steve Reich Disney Hall Concert Among "Music's Memorable Experiences" (LA Times), "Nothing Short of Transcendent" (Variety)
Steve Reich joined Bang on a Can All-Stars for the start of the group's 25th anniversary tour and a celebration of the composer's 75th birthday with an all-Reich concert at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday. "A retrospective of Reich, performed by musicians who live and breathe his music, made attendance at this kind of event one of music's memorable experiences," says the Los Angeles Times. Reich is "as close to a rock star as a composer can get these days." Variety describes the performances of Music for 18 Musicians as "nothing short of transcendent."
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Steve Reich Joins Bang on a Can All-Stars for All-Reich Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles
Steve Reich will take the stage at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall tonight for a concert celebrating the composer's work. The all-Reich program—performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars, red fish blue fish, David Cossin, and the composer himself—features the West Coast premiere of 2x5, along with Piano Phase, Music for 18 Musicians, and Clapping Music, on which the composer will join in. Following tonight's concert, an LAist Classical Pick of the Week, the performers take the show to UC San Diego.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Listeners of New Sounds, from New York NPR member station WNYC, have chosen their picks for the Top Ten best new releases of 2011, and topping the list is Donnacha Dennehy's Nonesuch Records debut album, Grá agus Bás. On the list at No. 3 is Steve Reich's latest, WTC 9/11. Both albums had previously made NPR Music's best-of-the-year lists. New Sounds host John Schaefer also includes Dennehy's Grá agus Bás on his list of the year's best.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Steve Reich's latest Nonesuch release, WTC 9/11, has made NPR Music's list of its ten Favorite Classical Albums of 2011. "WTC 9/11, played by the Kronos Quartet, is one of the most gripping, intense, intelligent, emotionally honest and artistically successful works to come out of the tragedy," exclaims NPR's Anastasia Tsioulcas. "But I'd also like to turn attention to the wonderful Mallet Quartet that appears on this album ... [and] possesses a quiet beauty that, almost despite its subtleties, demands to be heard."
Thursday, October 20, 2011
In the title piece of his latest album, WTC 9/11, Steve Reich reflects on the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Clash magazine talks to the composer about the piece and the very personal story behind it. "Steve Reich has composed one of his greatest works to date," says Clash. "It is a tale of protest, frustration and artistic mastery ... a staggering work for many reasons." The San Jose Mercury News, reviewing Kronos Quartet's recent Bay Area premiere of WTC 9/11, calls it "immersive and moving."
Monday, October 17, 2011
Steve Reich Featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition"; Five Stars to LSO Reich Concert at Barbican (Daily Telegraph)
Steve Reich was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. In honor of the composer's 75th birthday, the program examines the work and impact of "arguably the most influential composer of his generation," whose music has "inspired generations of composers whose work can be heard in concert halls, dance clubs, and rock festivals." The composer joined the London Symphony Orchestra in concert at Barbican Hall, to which the Daily Telegraph gives a perfect five stars. Cité de la Musique in Paris continued its Reich birthday festival, Pulsations, with a performance of choreographer Karine Saporta's Notes, now available to watch online.