Reich Variations, Gewandhaus, Leipzig – review

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Kristjan Järvi and the MDR Orchestra premiered new settings by a founding father of minimalism (written by Shirley Apthorp)
Astonishingly, this is Steve Reich’s first-ever orchestral residency. It is a coup for Kristjan Järvi, who may only be in his second term as chief conductor of Leipzig’s MDR Orchestra but is already making his influence felt. A young public on its feet in the hallowed Gewandhaus concert-hall is a rarity. With his innovative programming and penchant for catchy modernism, Järvi has struck a chord in Leipzig.  …

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