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Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert & Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ - Berger: Mỹ Lai (2022)

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Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert & Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ - Berger: Mỹ Lai (2022)

Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert & Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ - Berger: Mỹ Lai (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 310 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 163 Mb | 01:10:54
World, Classical, Vocal | Label: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

On March 16, 1968, the United States Army killed over 500 unarmed civilians in the hamlet of Mỹ Lai, Vietnam. The unimaginable brutality of the event impacted all those who witnessed it firsthand, including helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, who, against orders, intervened to save Vietnamese lives. Thompson’s story is the basis of the opera Mỹ Lai, composed by Jonathan Berger (music) and Harriet Scott Chessman (libretto) for Kronos Quartet, Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ, and vocalist Rinde Eckert. This recording of Mỹ Lai captures the visceral, phantasmal depictions of Thompson’s grief, horror, and guilt as he is haunted by persistent memories of that cataclysmic day, half a world and nearly four decades away. Tense and unforgiving, Mỹ Lai is “a gripping affair, beginning to end” (New York Times). Presented here alongside recollections by Vietnamese survivor Trần Văn Đức, it is a memorial to all the Mỹ Lai villagers killed on that grim day.

Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass (1995)

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Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass (1995)

Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 61:27 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Nonesuch Records | # 7559-79356-2 | Recorded: 1993

Philip Glass’ string quartets may contain his most intimate music. They are works through which a very public composer, perhaps the most important opera reformer of our age and a longstanding collaborator in large-scale music theater, holds up a mirror to himself and his way of composing.

Keeril Makan - In Sound (2008) with Kronos Quartet and Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

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Keeril Makan - In Sound (2008) with Kronos Quartet and Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

Keeril Makan - In Sound (2008)
with Kronos Quartet and Paul Dresher Ensemble Electro-Acoustic Band

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb
Label: Tzadik | # TZ8053 | Time: 00:48:11 | Scans included
Modern Creative, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Chamber Music

The strength of these pieces by American composer Keeril Makan is that they fall outside the boxes of minimalism, abstract electronic music, and world-influenced styles. The word visceral keeps coming up in his descriptions of his own music, which revels in sheer sound and proceeds in large, physical gestures with, Makan says blithely, "no formal logic other than careful attunement to what the ear and body dictate." Paradoxically, though, it's full of surprises. The three works on the album all fall loosely under the chamber music banner and are all recognizably by the same composer, but each has a different method.

Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991)

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Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991)

Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 108 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 82 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism | Label: Electra Nonesuch | # 7559-79253-2 | 00:21:26

During the rehearsals for the string quartet version of "White Man Sleeps," a strong artistic bond developed between the work's performers, the renowned Kronos Quartet, and its composer, Kevin Volans. This led Kronos to commission a second-string quartet from Volans, especially written for the musicians. Like "White Man Sleeps," it is a stunning piece of music, recommended to every world music lover who wants to cross the bridge to contemporary, modern music. The work comes in three movements, each one with a different character. Most remarkably are the Ethiopian influences in the beginning bars of the first movement (compare this motive with the vocal style of the distinguished Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke) and the joyous Southern African dance-like motive featuring after the more contemplative opening of the second movement. The slightly melancholic song-like structure of the short third movement draws the work to a close.

Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen - UNIKO (2011)

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Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen - UNIKO (2011)

Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen - UNIKO (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 129 Mb | Scans included
Modern Composition, Experimental, Avant-Garde | Label: Ondine | # ODE 1185-2 | 00:51:47

UNIKO features the Grammy winning Kronos Quartet together with a Finnish duo, accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. Produced by Iceland's Valgeir Sigurosson, known for his collaboration with Bjork, this album was recorded at Avatar Studios in NYC. UNIKO was commissioned by Kronos in 2003 and premiered live at the Helsinki Festival in 2004. It has subsequently drawn sellout audiences in Moscow, Molde (Norway), and New York at the 2007 BAM NEXT WAVE Festival. UNIKO is highlighted by Pohjonen's electrified and MIDI-fied accordion with Kosminen's electronic percussion devices which reproduce his own accordion samples and his samples of Kronos' instruments. These samples, together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations create a new, multi-dimensional sound world.

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

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Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 430 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79828-8 | 01:18:50

The Kronos Quartet continues to broaden the repertoire for string quartet beyond the Western European tradition with Floodplain, an album of music all written or arranged for the ensemble. This album moves the ensemble even further afield from the conventional quartet; the players frequently double on folk instruments, and in one of the pieces they don't use their own instruments at all, but newly invented ones, created especially for this album. The selection of music is broadly eclectic and includes arrangements of a popular Arab song from 1940 and an ancient Christian hymn from Lebanon, a collaboration with a Palestinian electronic ensemble, and an original piece by a Serbian-American composer. The album has a number of guest artists, including the Azerbaijani Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Terry Riley playing tambura and Wu Man playing electric sitar.

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)

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Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Nonesuch | # 529776-2 | Time: 01:08:47

Vladimir Martynov, born in 1946, is one of the cohort of composers that includes Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, and Valentin Silvestrov, who grew up under the influence of the former Soviet Union and abandoned the modernism of their youth to embrace a tonal language of greater simplicity with an aesthetic informed by an intimate spirituality. In spite of the similarities in their backgrounds and journeys, each has a distinctive sound, and Martynov, who is perhaps the least well-known in the West, brings a new perspective to the tradition of European music shaped by mysticism and minimalism. On the surface Martynov's music doesn't have an immediate resemblance to minimalism (apart from the directness of its tonal language), but like minimalism it uses repetition as a structural element and it is concerned with the perception of the passage of time, which it tends to stretch out with almost unbearable poignancy into what commentator Greg Dubinsky describes as "a prolonged state of grace." His harmonic vocabulary is characterized by the fecund tonal richness of post-Romanticism without the angst or decadence sometimes associated with the music of that era.

Kronos Quartet - Music by Peter Sculthorpe, Aulis Sallinem, Philip Glass, Conlon Nancarrow, Jimi Hendrix (1986) Reissue 2011

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Kronos Quartet - Music by Peter Sculthorpe, Aulis Sallinem, Philip Glass, Conlon Nancarrow, Jimi Hendrix (1986) Reissue 2011

Kronos Quartet - Music by Sculthorpe, Sallinem, Glass, Nancarrow, Hendrix (1986)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans ~ 90 Mb
Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79111-2 | Time: 00:49:11
Chamber Music, Minimalism, Avant-Garde

To say this barrier-breaking string quartet plays modern music is an understatement. All of the five composers showcased on this audacious recording were born in the 20th century. Minimalist Philip Glass is among the best known of the five, whose works cannot possibly be mistaken with anything from the baroque or classical periods. This particular foursome illustrates the grace, beauty, and even power of a string quartet, but goes well beyond. In the words of first violinist and leader David Harrington, "I've always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be." The album-ending cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze" must be heard to be believed.

Kronos Quartet - Nuevo (2002)

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Kronos Quartet - Nuevo (2002)

Kronos Quartet - Nuevo (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 354 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 151 Mb | 01:05:39
World, Easy Listening, Classical | Label: Nonesuch Records

On Nuevo, a collection of music from Mexico spanning nearly 100 years, Kronos Quartet presents a kaleidoscopic view of a music as diverse as the culture of the country itself. On each track, the group’s sound is transformed, through the collaborative efforts of co-producers Gustavo Santaolalla, the noted Argentinean musician and Rock en Español producer, longtime Kronos producer Judith Sherman, and Kronos Artistic Director David Harrington, as well as through arrangements by composers Osvaldo Golijov, Stephen Prutsman, and Ricardo Gallardo, whose efforts serve to reflect the individual spirit and character of each song.

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace (1989) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace (1989) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace (1989) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 495 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 293 Mb | Scans included
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch | # 7559-79217-2 | Time: 01:58:32
Genre: Classical, Minimalism, Avant-Garde

There is no string quartet that has ever been written that can compare length and diversity with Terry Riley's Salome Dances for Peace. Morton Feldman has written a longer one, but it is confined to his brilliant field of notational relationships and open tonal spaces. Riley's magnum opus, which dwarfs Beethoven's longest quartet by three, is a collection of so many different kinds of music, many of which had never been in string quartet form before and even more of which would – or should – never be rubbing up against one another in the same construct. Riley is a musical polymath, interested in music from all periods and cultures: there are trace elements of jazz and blues up against Indian classical music, North African Berber folk melodies, Native American ceremonial music, South American shamanistic power melodies – and many more. The reason they are brought together in this way is for the telling of an allegorical story. In Riley's re-examining Salome's place in history, he finds a way to redeem both her and the world through her talent.

Kronos Quartet - Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (2005) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (2005) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb
Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79804-2 | Time: 01:01:33 | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism, Avant-Garde

Some people would quickly run away from the music of someone who claims to admire the music of Berg, Crumb, and Cage. Franguiz Ali-Zadeh admires all of those composers and uses similar techniques in her composition, but she also finds inspiration in the music of her native Azerbaijan. With all of this, she creates especially evocative, picturesque works that invite listening more than once. Oasis, the opening work on this disc of her music featuring the Kronos Quartet, begins extremely quietly with water droplets, and then the quartet enters with desolate harmonics, depicting the desolation of the desert. Later in the piece, voices of those taking refuge in the oasis are heard. Ali-Zadeh's music is full of sounds beyond that of the traditionally played instruments of the string quartet and the piano, sounds that enhance and become part of the music. Sometimes it is techniques such as pizzicato, harmonics, col legno, or preparing or playing the strings of the piano; other times it is added instruments, as in Mugam Sayagi, or recorded sound, as in Oasis.

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem For Adam (2001) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem For Adam (2001) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem For Adam (2001)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Avant-Garde, Minimalism | Label: Nonesuch | # 79639-2 | Time: 00:47:55

This may be the single most powerful piece of music that the Kronos Quartet has ever recorded, and perhaps that Terry Riley has ever written. This is because Requiem for Adam is so personal, so direct, and experiential. Requiem for Adam was written after the death of Kronos violinist David Harrignton's son. He died, in 1995, at the age of 16, from an aneurysm in his coronary artery. Riley, who is very close to the Harringtons and has a son the same age, has delved deep into the experience of death and resurrection, or, at the very least, transmutation. Requiem for Adam is written in three parts, or movements. The first, "Ascending the Heaven Ladder," is based on a four-note pattern that re-harmonizes itself as it moves up the scale. There are many variations and series based on each of these notes and their changing harmonics, and finally a 5/4 dance as it moves to the highest point on the strings. The drone-like effect is stunning when the listener realizes that the drone is changing shape too, ascending the scale, moving ever upward and taking part in the transmutation of harmony.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1991) [Re-Up]

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Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1991) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutosławski: String Quartet (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 122 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79255-2 | Time: 00:23:57

For this Elektra/Nonesuch release, the Kronos Quartet interprets Witold Lutoslawski's 1964 String Quartet, an uncommonly difficult piece since the four musicians are commanded to play their parts ad lib, as if they were alone. Lutoslawski was influenced by the random procedures of John Cage, but he also wished to maintain dramatic structure, so string quartet includes rigidity in time measures. The balance between freedom and structure provides for a surprisingly appealing recording.

Kronos Quartet, Al Pari Quartet - Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue; Circular Lines; Silesia (2020)

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Kronos Quartet, Al Pari Quartet - Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue; Circular Lines; Silesia (2020)

Kronos Quartet, Al Pari Quartet - Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue; Circular Lines; Silesia (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 226 Mb | Total time: 45:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Rarenoise Records | # RNR124 | Recorded: 2020

Hot on the heels of two successful albums (as leading member of Sonar w. David Torn), Swiss composer and guitarist Stephan Thelen presents his first named RareNoise release, World Dialogue. World Dialogue casts a light on Stephan Thelen's work as a contemporary classical composer. It features four works for String Quartet, composed over the last decade,performed by the Kronos Quartet and the Al Pari Quartet.'World Dialogue', 'Silesia' and 'Chaconne', composed between 2006 and 2018, were performed and recorded by the Al Pari Quartet in Berlin earlier this year. 'Circular Lines' was commissioned then performed in 2017 by the Kronos Quartet as part of their '50 For The Future: The KronosLearning Repertoire' series of commissions.