4 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Composer Steve Reich has said Colin Currie Group’s performances of his Drumming are the “best I’ve ever heard.” That’s quite some recommendation. This recording is an extraordinary display of super-tight rhythm, dynamic control, and incredible ensemble. Currie and co. negotiate, with micro-accuracy and smoothness, Reich’s complex “phasing”—whereby the instruments, including drums, marimbas, glockenspiels, and vocal effects, move subtly in and out of time with one another. The effect is beautiful, arresting, hypnotic even—especially in Part III, where glockenspiels collide in glorious confusion before realigning in the most magical fashion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Composer Steve Reich has said Colin Currie Group’s performances of his Drumming are the “best I’ve ever heard.” That’s quite some recommendation. This recording is an extraordinary display of super-tight rhythm, dynamic control, and incredible ensemble. Currie and co. negotiate, with micro-accuracy and smoothness, Reich’s complex “phasing”—whereby the instruments, including drums, marimbas, glockenspiels, and vocal effects, move subtly in and out of time with one another. The effect is beautiful, arresting, hypnotic even—especially in Part III, where glockenspiels collide in glorious confusion before realigning in the most magical fashion.

TITLE TIME
16:28
17:22
11:47
9:30

Ratings and Reviews

Mind Blown

johnnyrandom

I can't stop listening to this, even months after purchasing it: The phasing between parts in this performance is just insane. It's always teetering on the edge of surgical precision and chaos. So much synergy and dynamic energy... Intoxicating.

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