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- Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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
On this recording of award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov’s dazzling composition, which incorporates a variety of musical styles and tempos, from Jewish folk to tango, Kronos Quartet is joined by clarinetist David Krakauer. With both his subtle harmonies and frenzied passages, Krakauer adds a new dimension to the rich Kronos sound. The Boston Globe praised it as spiritual, earthly—and earthy: “It is music of prayer, celebration, mysticism, and practicality.”
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
David Krakauer, clarinet, bass clarinet, basset horn
Produced by Judith Sherman
Recorded January 1996 at Skywalkjer Ranch, Nicasio, California
Engineer, Craig Silvery
Assistant Engineer, Chris Haynes
Mastered by Judith Sherman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, New York City
Art Direction and Design by Frank Olinsky
Cover: Marriage charm, text from the Song of Song; by Baruch ben Shermariah of Brest-Liitovsk, 1794. Benecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz