Steve Reich at 80 - Britten Sinfonia

Steve Reich at 80

Reviews from the European premiere performances of Steve Reich’s Pulse 

The Telegraph

"Minimalism has a reputation for relentless unsubtlety, but this piece showed that, in Reich’s hands, it can express complex feelings with delicacy and tact."

The Times

"The looping imitations of the higher
voices in Pulse are lyrical and birdlike"

Evening Standard

"the piece remains one of Reich’s most emotionally charged works."

The Arts Desk

"Britten Sinfonia under Clark Rundell caught its gentle, airy elegance to perfection"


"The level of synchronicity between the large ensemble and the images and soundtrack was incredible, a real feet of listening and concentration."

The Guardian

"Pulse, though, seems a joyous, serene and entirely abstract new piece."

The Financial Times

"The Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Clark Rundell, soothed the ear with it."

The Independent

"It all’s very
disquieting and thought-provoking."