Performed here by Kronos Quartet, Different Trains is such a complex piece that I can't begin to properly explain it. Here are the composer's liner notes (click image to enlarge):
This piece is so intense and moving, I can't listen to it very often.
Electric Counterpoint is an interesting piece in which Pat Metheny plays against pre-recorded tapes of himself producing a thick canonic texture.
Different Trains (1988) performed by Kronos Quartet
- America - Before the war (8:59)
- Europe - During the war (7:31)
- After the war (10:20)
Electric Counterpoint (1987) performed by Pat Metheny
- Fast (6:51)
- Slow (3:21)
- Fast (4:29)
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I heard the Kronos Quartet perform Different Trains live not long after I graduated from college. It was preceded by a long explanation by one of the members of the quartet. That performance led to the purchase of this CD and increased my interest in minimalist music. I regret that I haven't kept up with modern music composition as much as I should.