Steve Reich - Drumming | Colin Currie Records CCR0001

Steve Reich - Drumming


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Label: Colin Currie Records

Cat No: CCR0001

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 9th March 2018



Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals


Reich, Steve



Colin Currie Group
Synergy Vocals


The pioneering classical percussionist Colin Currie launches his own record label with a recording of Steve Reich’s iconic Drumming, performed by the Colin Currie Group. Colin Currie Records is a platform for the soloist’s diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music over the past century. Drumming was the piece which launched the Colin Currie Group, a virtuoso ensemble of musicians hand-picked by Currie.

Formed in 2006 for a performance at the BBC Proms celebrating the 70th birthday of Steve Reich, the group specialises in the American composer’s work. This recording was made possible by a crowd-funding campaign, which Reich enthusiastically endorsed, saying “It will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made!”

Dating from 1971, Drumming is an epic work for nine percussionists, two vocalists and a piccolo player, and employs Reich’s trademark phasing technique. Over four connected parts, the composer explores different instrument groups, first focusing on bongo drums, then marimbas and glockenspiels before the complete ensemble come together for the piece’s climax.


Since 2006 the Group has performed Drumming elsewhere with Synergy Vocals and given the first performance of the piece Reich attended as an ordinary punter. These guys have a pedigree with this unfathomably difficult score and their fresh, slick recording shows it. Handling of the overlapping of Reich’s 12 beat pattern ... is rock solid. ... The performance is tighter than that from Ictus, the current Gramophone recommendation. It is also more rooted, as neat and magnificent as a Rothko in its sewing-up of the bigger picture. A Drumming for this decade – and probably a few to come, too.  Andrew Mellor
Gramophone May 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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