25 ottobre 2010

A Steve Reich è dedicato il ciclo Composer of the Week in onda questa settimana sul terzo canale radiofonico della BBC. Cinque episodi di un'ora ciascuno, con ascolti introdotti da Donald Macleod e ampi stralci di una sua recente conversazione con il compositore newyorkese. Dal 25 al 29 ottobre, ogni giorno alle 12.00 e in replica alle 22.00, ora locale.

Donald Macleod discusses a lifetime in music with the composer, in an extended interview conducted at his home in upstate New York in September 2010. Just as composers like Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mahler captured their era in their compositions, so Reich's music distils the pulsating rhythm and routine of 21st century urban life.Wry, witty and disarmingly candid about the ideas and influences behind his work, Steve Reich is an engaging and insightful guide to his compositions. The series presents a selection of music spanning his entire career, from the 1965 tape piece "It's Gonna Rain" to the premiere on British radio of his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Double Sextet" of 2008. We also hear some of Reich's most acclaimed works: "Music For 18 Musicians", "Different Trains" for string quartet, the 'video opera' "The Cave", and on Wednesday, a rare complete performance of his extraordinary, African-inspired work "Drumming". The series also features a number of less-heard works, including his Jewish-infused vocal piece "Tehillim" and a rare - and beautiful - foray into orchestral writing, 1987's "The Four Sections".