European premiere for exhilarating Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter collaboration at the Barbican

21 October 2019

Europe gets it's first chance to experience Reich/Richter on October 23 2019 when the Barbican gives performances of this major artistic partnership between two giants of the music and art worlds, Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter.

Conceived for the opening of The Shed in New York, the work received widespread critical acclaim on it's premiere in April 2019, where it had over 200 performances as part of one of the biggest cultural events of the year:

"At times, sound and image achieve an exhilarating synchronicity, as when stripes are hurtling across the screen and Reich's instruments are racing in parallel motion" The New Yorker

"Reminiscent of [Reich's] earliest work, it is very beautiful. As is the film." Financial Times

"Steve Reich has responded to the art of Gerhard Richter with a wonderfully lively yet melancholy new composition" The Times

The work has two performances by the Britten Sinfonia and conductor Colin Currie at the Barbican on October 23 and then at Saffron Hall on October 24.

Other chances to see the work include performances by Ensemble Intercontemporain and Elim Chan in March 2020, Oslo Philharmonic and Olari Elts in May 2020 and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group with Brad Lubman in June 2020.

Further information on the new work and an in-depth interview with the composer can be found on the Boosey and Hawkes website

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