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Steve Reich’s Different Trains – Metal Liverpool

Monday 3 October 2016

“The 80th-birthday celebrations for Steve Reich, veteran master of minimalist music, seem more extended than the weddings of Renaissance princes — but nothing so far compares with this project. Just outside Liverpool is a railway station, Edge Hill, locally claimed to be the oldest still used by passengers. Here, in an outdoor yard with trains chugging by on either side, hundreds gathered to see a superb performance in the composer’s presence of one of Reich’s most poignant works: the aptly chosen Different Trains … [This performance] is almost too painful to watch. It says much for the performance of the London Contemporary Orchestra and Sound Intermedia that the music’s healing exuberance ultimately prevailed.” The Times


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