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Pulse/Quartet

Steve Reich

Pulse/Quartet

Latest release from the contemporary composer consists of two contrasting works

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Nonesuch
UK Release date
02/02/2018
US Release date
02/02/2018
  1. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    It's a remarkable record, a reminder of that Reich, unlike many composers of his era, has not become archive material. He continues to speak to the cutting edge of music, to experiment with new compositional directions, to be vital
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    Octogenarian avant-garde composer continues to surprise. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Still challenging what music can be
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    The uncharacteristically serene Pulse contrasts with the restless activity of Quartet
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  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The palette is tender, and the changes subtle: it’s like climbing a mountain, the same view altering by slight increments over the course of the ascent
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  6. 8.0 |   Crack

    Sat next to each other on this release, Pulse and Quartet seems to serve Reich’s desired effect – their differences helping to magnify each other’s individual qualities
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  7. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Could be used as a gateway to expose a new generation of music fans to minimalist, experimental ambient music from one the movement's finest composers
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  8. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    These are recordings that demand a few listens, they are worth it. Allow yourself to get lost in them
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Compared to the live versions you’ll find on YouTube, these studio takes lack the undersong of the concert hall
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  10. 4.9 |   Pitchfork

    Though detailed and accomplished, Steve Reich’s latest work dully reaffirms his place as a centrist in a field of extremists
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