Steve Reich - Double Sextet, Radio Rewrite | Harmonia Mundi HMU907671

Steve Reich - Double Sextet, Radio Rewrite

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU907671

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 26th August 2016



Ensemble Signal


Brad Lubman


Reich, Steve

Double Sextet
Radio Rewrite


Ensemble Signal


Brad Lubman


Following their internationally acclaimed recording of Steve Reich’s 1974-76 masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians, Ensemble Signal and Brad Lubman present two recent pieces by the composer: Double Sextet from 2007 and Radio
from 2012 – strong, tuneful, energetic, tightly-made works.

‘In 2011 Steve saw a performance of his classic electric guitar piece “Electric Counterpoint” played by Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Reich enjoyed meeting them and was impressed and had the idea to reference some of their music in a new piece. In truth there is not much Radiohead in “Radio Rewrite”, just a few wisps of the harmonic motion from “Everything in Its Right Place” and a few scraps of tune from “Jigsaw Falling into Place”... After all these years, Radio Rewrite feels like his own remix, using only as much Radiohead as he needs to get his own music flowing.’ - David Lang in the CD booklet

‘One of the most vital groups of its kind’ - The New York Times


Reich turns 80 in October and Signal’s tribute is a buoyant disc of two fairly recent pieces, both scores full of finesse and detail, both still bobbing to that definitively Reichian thrum that was once so game-changing. Six musicians play against recordings of themselves in the Double Sextet (2007) while snippets of Radiohead songs are woven through Radio Rewrite (2013) – a neat gesture from a composer whose influence on contemporary art rock is inestimable. Conductor Brad Lubman keeps the music lucid and elegant, if rather low-key; you’ll find peppier recordings of both works, but I enjoyed the warm sounds and lack of hysteria here.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 12 August 2016

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