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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

News & Reviews

  • Watch: Kronos Quartet Celebrates 40th Anniversary at WQXR's The Greene Space in New York

    Nonesuch Records marked Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary year with two releases this month: the Kronos Explorer Series five-CD box set and a new album, A Thousand Thoughts. As a highlight of its anniversary season, Kronos was in NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall late last month and was the subject of a marathon stream of music and tributes on Q2 Music, the online new-music station from WQXR. The event culminated in a live, performance by Kronos Quartet from The Greene Space at WQXR, which you can watch here.

  • "Kronos Explorer Series" Box Set & "A Thousand Thoughts" Out Now on Nonesuch Records

    Nonesuch celebrates Kronos Quartet, long known as interpreters of music from around the world, in its 40th anniversary year with two releases: Kronos Explorer Series, a box set of five classic albums from five different parts of the world, and A Thousand Thoughts, a new album that looks at Kronos’s geographically wide-ranging sources, featuring music from 14 different countries. Both are out today in North America (international release April 21). Kronos continues its anniversary celebration at the Switchboard Music Festival in its hometown of San Francisco this Saturday.

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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