The good folks at Nonesuch Records in conjunction with NPR are streaming the entirety of Steve Reich's new recording WTC 9/11 on NPR's First Listen. As you'd expect, the long awaited title track is extremely well constructed and Reich's vocal sampling from a diverse group of people impacted by the attack interwoven with the string writing for Kronos Quartet creates a tense and unsettling narrative thread.
The remainder of the album, Mallet Quartet and Dance Patterns provide a welcome sonic and emotional counterbalance.
The full recording is being released 09/26/2011. A digital EP of just WTC 9/11 is available for purchase now.
It's a shame so much attention has been paid to the cover which has now been changed. It suited the context of WTC 9/11. Judge for yourself.