Steve Reich: WTC 9/11 - Kronos Quartet
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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
    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.
  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. Jan 27, 2012
    50
    It is a difficult piece to listen to on many levels.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    This album shows him to still be in thrall to the possibilities of composition and unafraid of tackling the bigger issues it can so powerfully address.
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    50
    Fortunately, his two other pieces on the record, Mallet Quartet, and Dance Patterns are nothing short of the flowery style that make Reich's music so rich. WTC 9/11, on the other hand, just sounds muddy.
  7. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    A project conceived in noble intentions but hobbled by confused, muddled execution.
  8. 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.
  9. Oct 6, 2011
    80
    It's short--15 minutes--but perfectly proportioned.
  10. 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.
  11. 80
    The performances are superb.

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