Reich, Steve / Different Trains
Album: Different Trains   Collection:Classical
Artist:Reich, Steve   Added:Aug 2006
Label:Actuelle Cd  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-08-20 Pull Date: 2006-10-22 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Sep 3 Aug 27
Airplays: 1 5

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 21, 2011: maybe some classical
America - Before The War
4. Aug 24, 2006: trans-Eran Mukamel object (Native Americana)
Europe - During The War
2. Aug 31, 2006: Cognitive Overload
America - Before The War
5. Aug 24, 2006: Cognitive Overload
Europe - During The War
3. Aug 24, 2006: Baptism of Solitude
After The War
6. Aug 22, 2006: Radio Of Imagination
After The War

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-08-21
Minimalist classical music, one of Reich’s most famous pieces, invoking trains and the Holocaust. Energetic, repetitive, and beautiful. Made up of prerecorded tape of people talking about trains and the Holocaust, 3 recorded string quartets, recordings of 1930s and 40s trains, and a live string quartet. One thing special about this recording of the piece is that the Quatuor Bozzini use their own recordings of the 3 taped quartets, as advised by Reich himself. My favorite part of this piece is how the string parts often follow the pitch patterns of the spoken voices. All three tracks very similar. FCC clean.

1. Talking about Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. (Reich as a kid travelled via train between NYC and LA since his parents were separated, in the years 1939-1942.)
2. Darker in tone, voice snippets are about Germans, tattooing, flames, invasion, and Black Crows.
3. “The war is over”…

Amazing music, do play it!


Track Listing
1. America - Before The War   2. Europe - During The War
  3. After The War