Brussels Philharmonic & Vlaams Radiokoor present a milder Steve Reich as he explores new possibilities in his The Desert Music where text, sound and rhythm become one. Steve Reich was at the origins of a new musical style in the 1960s: minimal music. Repetitive motifs, powerful rhythms, music that stood on its own – the listener having no other hold than time, space and the surroundings in which it is heard. In 1983, Reich was ready to set aside his reservations about large formations: until that time, he thought that symphonic ensembles lacked the rhythmic versatility and precision necessary for his music. The Desert Music shows that it can.

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concert recorded at Flagey on 26 March, 2021
in collaboration with Evil Penguin TV
with the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter and Belga Films Fund

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Steve Reich
The Desert Music (1983)

(version for reduced strings)

(concert recorded at Flagey on 26 March, 2021)

This event is broadcasted on Podium 19. Podium 19 offers virtual performances and concerts from the Flemish culture houses. More info at www.podium19.be.

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This event is broadcasted on Podium 19, a new and free culture channel that you can watch on

Podium 19 offers virtual performances and concerts from the Flemish culture houses. More info at www.podium19.be.

concert in collaboration with Evil Penguin TV
with the support of the Belgian Tax Shelter & Belga Films Fund