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Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich, Barbican | reviews, news & interviews

Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich, Barbican

Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich, Barbican

Weekend marathon devoted to a pre-eminent contemporary innovator

Spheres of influence: Steve Reich

Sometimes you can leave a concert feeling slightly shortchanged: a perceived weakness in the programming; an unprepared, lacklustre conductor; a phoned-in performance. No danger of any of the above at the marathon session three of Reverberations, a weekend of concerts at LSO St Luke's and the Barbican devoted to the music and influence of the contemporary US composer Steve Reich. Actually, by the end of the evening, some people may have been ruing just how many artists have fallen under Reich's influence. We filed into the Barbican at 6pm on Saturday. We left the hall at 12.15am on Sunday morning with Reich's 2x5 ringing in our ears. Breaks notwithstanding, the diehards who stayed to the bitter end ought to have been given a medal on the way out.

2x5 illustrated how Reich's capacity for writing eloquent, exhilarating and ear-catching music remains undimmed

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