This late-'80s work finds the minimalist composer mixing acoustic and taped material to great effect. The disc's centerpiece is "Different Trains," a work that frames Reich's impressions of his boyhood train trips between his mother in Los Angeles and his father in New York; Reich also intersperses references to the much more harrowing train rides Jews were forced to take to Nazi concentration camps. Using the fine playing of the Kronos Quartet as a base, Reich layers the work with the taped train musings of his governess, a retired Pullman porter, and various Holocaust survivors -- vintage train sounds from the '30s and '40s add to the riveting arrangement. And for some nice contrast, Reich recruits guitarist Pat Metheny to create a similarly momentous piece in "Electric Counterpoint" (Metheny plays live over a multi-tracked tape of ten guitars and two electric basses). Two fine works by Reich in his prime.
Performance CreditsSteve Reich Primary Artist,Track Performer
Pat Metheny Guitar,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali Track Performer,String Quartet
Hank Dutt Viola
David Harrington Violin
Joan Jeanrenaud Cello
John Sherba Violin
Technical CreditsSteve Reich Contributor,Liner Notes
Rob Eaton Engineer
Robert Hurwitz Executive Producer
Judith Sherman Producer
Frank Olinsky Art Direction
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