Steve Reich: WTC 9/11 - Kronos Quartet
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  • Summary: Steve Reich's composition about the September 11 attacks was written for the Kronos Quartet. The album also includes the Mallet Quartet performed by So Percussion and Dance Patterns with Steve Reich and Musicians.
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  1. Dec 7, 2011
    90
    The Kronos Quartet, So Percussion, and the six players in Dance Patterns deliver topnotch performances, and Nonesuch's sound is immaculate.
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    It's short--15 minutes--but perfectly proportioned.
  3. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    It's the rigor and directness of the voice-music connection--and the apparent lack of artifice--that makes for the work's stark power.
  4. Haunting and harrowing, the uncomprehending first reactions are combined with a score both alarming and consoling. Also here, Mallet Quartet (2009) and Dance Patterns (2002), but it is WTC 9/11 which packs the most powerful punch.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    A project conceived in noble intentions but hobbled by confused, muddled execution.
  6. Dec 2, 2011
    60
    "Mallet Quartet" and "Dance Patterns" feel inconsequential on their own and even more so when sharing CD space with WTC 9/11. But that's the way it goes with these extended works. A weak link doesn't always equal a weak release, but it still weakens it all the same.
  7. Oct 6, 2011
    50
    There's no getting away from the fact that WTC 9/11 simply doesn't have the structural cohesion or magnitude of Different Trains--a comparison which Reich fans will inevitably draw.

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