Steve Reich Meets The Borromeo String Quartet!

Note: So far, this piece has been broadcast on the following public radio stations:  New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of MouthWDAV’s Artist Spotlight, Tapestry on 90.3 WBHM in Birmingham Alabama, WRVO in Upstate NY and KUAR, in Little Rock!

Borromeo String Quartet (photo: Christian Steiner)

Steve Reich is perhaps the preeminent composer living today. And one of his most heart-wrenching and affecting works is called Different Trains for String Quartet and Tape. It tells the story of Steve Reich’s early childhood — his train trips between the East and West coasts to visit his separated parents — and also of the train trips Jews were forced to take during the Holocaust.

The piece, commissioned by the Kronos Quartet in 1988, is notoriously difficult to play. But the Borromeo String Quartet has recently taken up the challenge. ThoughtCast’s Jenny Attiyeh attended a rehearsal at the New England Conservatory, where the Borromeo is currently in residence.

Click here: to listen — (7 minutes) on ThoughtCast!

Click here: for a shorter version (4:30 mins.)

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4 Responses to Steve Reich Meets The Borromeo String Quartet!

  1. Nancy Toumpakari April 13, 2008 at 6:19 am #

    Dear Jenny
    the Different Trains analysis was really excellent! Thank you very much!

    I wish you all the best
    Nancy

  2. Ralph Lichtensteiger March 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    dear jenny,
    thoughtcast.org is just wonderful…
    thanks for the steve reich post.
    all the best,
    ralph li

  3. Nicholas Kitchen February 27, 2008 at 1:52 am #

    Hello Jenny,

    This is great!!

    It was a pleasure to work together.

    Nick

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  1. glowlab - March 31, 2011

    [...] the final night of the festival this year as they performed the 1988 Steve Reich composition Different Trains, with video accompaniment by Herman Kolgen. The piece deals with the memory of Jewish people [...]

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