Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, Endymion and the BBC Singers perform two famous works by Steve Reich: It's Gonna Rain and a chamber version of The Desert Music.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Andrew McGregor
Two iconic works by Minimalism's founding father: Steve Reich
Steve Reich: It's Gonna Rain
Steve Reich: The Desert Music (chamber version)
David Hill (conductor)
Heaven and hell come together in a late night Prom which includes Steve Reich's extraordinary musical vision The Desert Music' which tells of the end of the world as imagined in the apocalypse of the post-nuclear age. Texts by William Carlos Williams are set for amplified voices, strings, synthesisers and a huge array of percussion; since its composition in 1983 it has become one of Reich's most iconic works. Paired with it, 'It's Gonna Rain' - an early experimental tape piece layering the recorded sound of a charismatic street preacher.