The programme for the late-night
His first acknowledged work, It's Gonna Rain was Reich's seminal experiment in phasing. Tapes of a San Francisco Pentecostal street preacher move in and out of simultaneity as endless reiterations of the words that give the piece its title create a tangible sense of unease at the thought of the black rain of fallout; later shouts of "hallelujah" add a mounting sense of apocalyptic dread. With the sound ricocheting around the vast spaces of the Albert Hall, where the lights were darkened to a creepy, penumbral blue, the effect was unnerving in the extreme.
The Desert Music, performed in its chamber version by the
The Proms continue until 13 September. Details: bbc.co.uk/proms
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