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Black Angels

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Track Listing

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1Black Angels: I. Departure (George Crumb)5:37
2Black Angels: II. Absence (George Crumb)5:25
3Black Angels: III. Return (George Crumb)7:13
4Spem in Alium (Thomas Tallis, ar. Kronos Quartet)8:52
5Doom. A Sigh (Istvan Marta)10:54
6They Are There! Fighting for the People's New Free World (Charles Ives)2:47
7Quartet No. 8: I. Largo (Dmitri Shostakovich)4:57
8Quartet No. 8: II. Allegro molto (Dmitri Shostakovich)2:36
9Quartet No. 8: III. Allegretto (Dmitri Shostakovich)4:19
10Quartet No. 8: IV. Largo (Dmitri Shostakovich)4:12
11V. Largo (Dmitri Shostakovich)3:56

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About this Album

Composer George Crumb’s title piece, evoking Vietnam and called "an unusually elevated and searing Vietnam War protest" by the New York Times, sets a dark, powerful tone for this collection, which addresses the political/physical/spiritual consequences of war. London’s Evening Standard includes the album among its “100 Definitive Classical CDs of the 20th Century.”


Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Recording Engineers: Judith Sherman, Juhani Liimatainen (1-4, 7-11), Tony Eckert (1-4, 7-11), Alex Haas (5), Dan Reid (6)
Mix Engineers: Judith Sherman, Bob Edwards (1-4), Alex Haas (5)

Art direction and design: Manhattan Design
Photography: Matt Mahurin

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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