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Reich: Sextet - Clapping Music - Music for Pieces of Wood

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This bold collection is a delightful survey of the minimalist’s style. The London Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble delivers here with utmost clarity and precision three highly focused, unique studies in timbre and rhythm. Clapping Music sets front-and-center Reich’s employment of “phasing,” a radical compositional technique in which similar rhythmic motifs are shifted in time between different voices, creating a staggering effect. Sextet explores the relationship between melody and accompaniment, traversing ever-changing colours and musical zones. The ensemble’s performance of Music for Pieces of Wood is so finely tuned and subtle that it almost sounds mechanical, as if the pieces of wood themselves are communicating with one another.

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Precussion and precission at their best

This is a simple album. You won't be challenged except by the idea of organisation and timing which Steve Reich and the LSO precussion ensemble bring to this album. It is worth listening to, not least to have some real idea of what precussionists are capabale of bringing to music. There are some very imaginative themes with plenty of rounds but with wonderful variations as each round progresses. The use of xylophone, glockenspeil, tubular bells and so on is inspirational (as is the use of yoghurt pots and paint tins - if I hear them correctly). What this album tells you is that the precussionists at the LSO (and elsewhere, no doubt) are into beat, rythem and timing. Well worth a listen.

Reich: Sextet - Clapping Music - Music for Pieces of Wood, LSO Percussion Ensemble
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