I think the concert closed with this piece of music. It was an electrifying experience. Perhaps one of the most powerful live musical experiences I've had. Six musicians played a combination of grand pianos, marimbas and vibraphones, these were bowed and struck. The six sections of the piece gradually built up to an overwhelming climax. I leapt out of my seat and screamed as the last notes ended and the applause began. It was astounding.
What struck me was the controlled and seemingly detached musicians absolutely focused on playing the music. This was contrasted with the intense emotional vortex we were all thrown into by this hypnotic music.
In the middle of the applause, the musicians bowed and then signalled to the back of the hall where Steve Reich himself got out of his seat and took a bow at the front.
Click here for a link to a live performance of Sextet on YouTube.
and Click here for a link to a performance of Six Marimbas on YouTube.