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Drumming
Steve Reich
Drumming
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Classical
 
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This was Reich's breakthrough masterpiece, inspired by his studies of African drumming. The patterns throughout this music are so powerful and hypnotic that, once you get involved, it's a shock when it ends an hour later. ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Steve Reich
Title: Drumming
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Release Date: 5/28/1992
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Classical
Styles: Techno, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075597917024, 075597917048

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This was Reich's breakthrough masterpiece, inspired by his studies of African drumming. The patterns throughout this music are so powerful and hypnotic that, once you get involved, it's a shock when it ends an hour later. I have enjoyed this piece most in concert when Reich's ensemble used the maximum number of repetitions allowed (optional in the score). I regret somewhat the decision used in making this recording, which held the timing to under an hour. The first recording of Drumming ran to nearly 90 minutes. But it also ran onto a second CD, and it's no longer available. Meanwhile, for anyone open to the power of this music, this is a disc not to be missed. --Leslie Gerber

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Ok, but the old DG version is much better
George Grella | 07/16/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Preface - Probably not for first time Reich buyers (along with Four Organs). Newcomers should get Music for 18 Musicians or Different Trains....I have to admit I heard the old DG version first on LP many years ago, and have looked for that version on CD ever since. When this version came out, I bought it immediately. In comparison to the DG version, it doesn't hold up.This version is at least 20 minutes shorter (perhaps a feature for some;) ) than the DG version, but the gradual changes in this version don't happen nearly gradually enough, especially the sections where different players go in and out of phase with each other. It happens so quickly here that it just sounds like the players flubbed their parts. The slower pace of the DG version makes the subtle changes in the piece that much more rewarding.I was later able to locate a copy of the DG version on CD, and this one has been gathering dust ever since. But since no other version is available, this is worth a listen."
Hypnotic Dance/Complexity Theory
C. Gardner | Washington D.C., D.C. United States | 01/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This hour-plus piece of music is based upon a single, measure-long rhythmic fragment which lasts perhaps two seconds, but when played out-of-phase with itself generates an incredible variety of "emergent" patterns. Scored for various percussion (bongos, maribas, glockenspiel), voice, and whistle, listeners get to hear how these instruments create new emergent melodies on the fragment through the percussions' differing harmonic profiles. This is a great example of process music, and may put you in a trance. It rewards both close and relaxed listening (when one's attention is diverted then re-trained, missing one's "place" in the relentless, driving pulse, it sounds like a differently-arranged piece!)"
Good stuff
George Grella | Brooklyn | 04/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Since the old, 2CD DG recording of this piece is not available, this is the only choice. "Drumming" is a very fine work by Reich, more rigorous and less immediately lovely than "Music for 18 Musicians," but rewarding nonetheless. It's an important transition piece between his early work and "18." The first section is literally all drumming, and builds through an arch structure using Reich's technique of rhytmic patterns moving in and out of phase. The following sections add tuned percusion, e.g. marimbas, and move towards his newer style of more harmonic richness, with chords gradually building, shifting, conflicting and moving to new tonal centers. Obviously, if Reich's style of Minimalism doesn't appeal, you won't like this CD. But if you enjoy his other work, this will be a great addition to your collection."