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Episode #2083

Program #2083

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Saturday, August 21, 2004

Steve Reich's "Different Trains" (1988) has often been regarded as the composer's masterpiece. Certainly, this New Sounds Live performance from Merkin Hall makes a strong case as such. The work layers acoustic and taped material to great effect as it frames Reich's impressions of his boyhood train trips between his mother in Los Angeles and his father in New York. It also intersperses references to the much more harrowing train rides Jews were forced to take to Nazi concentration camps. Both references are evoked by musings of Holocaust survivors, a retired Pullman porter and vintage train sounds from the 1930s and '40s.

PROGRAM # 2083 (First aired on Tuesday, October 15, 2002)

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John Zorn

Filmworks XI

Secret Lives: Yesoma [3:00], B'rachos [3:30]

Tzadik #7339** www.tzadik.com *

Steve Reich

New Sounds Live, Jan. 7, 1999

Different Trains [27:00]

Kronos Quartet's recording of this piece is available on Nonesuch Records**, www.nonesuch.com *

Roger Kleier

Deep Night, Deep Autumn

We Speak of Deep Night [8:30]

Starkland #211. www.starkland.com *

Bowing (Martha Mooke & Randolph Hudson)

Café Mars

Blue Steel [9:00]

2105AD Records, due for November release. Info at www.marthamooke.com

*,** Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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