Six Pianos

For some reason hearing this less-than-perfect-sounding archival recording of Steve Reich’s 1973 Six Pianos from a live performance at The Kitchen makes the piece even more tactile than the original Deutsche Grammophone studio recording; it’s like learning secrets about an old friend many years later. And, if that’s not enough, this CD—released on a label run by Philip Glass!?!—also includes the bizarre Reich-goes-Lucier Pendulum Music which sounds less ferocious than Sonic Youth’s version on Goodbye 20th Century. Perhaps there’s room for interpretation in this music after all.


—FJO