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Posted October 1, 2010
I first heard Four Organs some 25 years ago when I purchased an LP on a lark. I was amazed at the beauty and simplicity of Reich's composition. I lent the record to someone years ago prior to a move and lost track of it. I've recently been obsessing over that album but, being unable to uncover its whereabouts, finally decided to take the plunge and get a new copy on CD. I was once again amazed at the beauty. I can't help comparing Four Organs to Bolero, realizing that Four Organs in its subtlety makes Bolero seem utterly commercial. It's not a fair comparison and is not even close in terms of what the composers were trying to accomplish (at least, what I suspect they were attempting). I'd never heard the other pieces on this recording. Eight Lines is quite interesting and I will pay more attention to it in the future. NY Counterpoint seemed somewhat programmatic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.