STEVE REICH / KRONOS QUARTET / PAT METHENY - Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint LP
Nonesuch Records' 1989 recording of Steve Reich's Different Trains, the Grammy Award winner for Best Contemporary Composition, and Electric Counterpoint has returned on vinyl. The album features the first recordings of the two pieces, performed by Kronos Quartet and Pat Metheny, respectively. The vinyl edition is out on the 30th anniversary of Kronos Quartet's world premiere performance of Different Trains at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The New York Times declared Different Trains "a work of such originality that 'breakthrough' seems the only possible description." Pitchfork recently called it a "late-career masterpiece," including the album among the 200 Best Albums of the 1980s.