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1-08 Pieces of Africa: White Man Sleeps: II. (Kevin Volans) 5:04
1-07 Pieces of Africa: White Man Sleeps: I. (Kevin Volans) 4:01
1-06 Pieces of Africa: Wawshishijay (Our Beginning) (Obo Addy) 4:50
1-05 Pieces of Africa: Escalay (Water Wheel) (Hamza El Din) 12:17
1-04 Pieces of Africa: Ekitundu Ekisooda (First Movement) (Justinian Tamusuza) 5:36
1-03 Pieces of Africa: Tilliboyo (Sunset) (Foday Musa Suso) 4:20
1-02 Pieces of Africa: Saade (I'm Happy) (Hassan Hakmoun) 3:21
1-01 Pieces of Africa: Mai Nozipo (Dumisani Maraire) 6:54
1-09 Pieces of Africa: White Man Sleep: III. (Kevin Volans) 3:22
1-10 Pieces of Africa: White Man Sleep: IV. (Kevin Volans) 6:14
1-11 Pieces of Africa: White Man Sleep: V. (Kevin Volans) 3:16
1-12 Pieces of Africa: Kutambarara (Spreading) (Dumisani Maraire) 7:10
2-01 Night Prayers: Kongerei (Traditional, arr. S. Mackey) 3:38
2-02 Night Prayers: Lacrymosa (Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky) 6:01
2-03 Night Prayers: Mugam Sayagi (Franghiz Ali-Zadeh) 21:16
2-04 Night Prayers: Quartet No. 4 (Sofia Gubaidulina) 11:46
2-05 Night Prayers: A Cool Wind Is Blowing (Tigran Tahmizyan) 3:56
2-07 Night Prayers: Night Prayers (Giya Kancheli) 23:14
2-06 Night Prayers: K'Vakarat (Osvaldo Golijov) 8:09
3-01 Caravan: Pannonia Boundless (Aleksandra Vrebalov) 6:08
3-02 Caravan: Cancão Verdes Anos (Carlos Paredes) 3:03
3-03 Caravan: Aaj Ki Raat (Rahul Dev Burman) 4:50
3-04 Caravan: La Muerte Chiquita (Enrique Rangel) 4:03
3-05 Caravan: Turceasca (Sapo Perapaskero) 7:28
3-06 Caravan: Gloomy Sunday (Rezsö Seress) 3:25
3-07 Caravan: Cortejo Fúnebre en el Monte Diable (Terry Riley) 7:06
3-08 Caravan: Responso (Aníbal Troilo) 4:39
3-09 Caravan: Romance No. 1 (Carlos Paredes) 4:04
3-10 Caravan: Gallop of a Thousand Horses (Kayhan Kalhor) 4:41
3-11 Caravan: Ecstasy (Ali Jihad Racy) 8:33
3-12 Caravan: Misirlou Twist (Nicholas Roubanis) 4:20
4-01 Nuevo: El Sinaloense (The Man from Sinaloa) (Severiano Briseño) 3:23
4-02 Nuevo: Se Me Hizo Fácil (It Was Easy for Me) (Agustín Lara) 4:51
4-03 Nuevo: Mini Skirt (Juan García Esquivel) 2:48
4-06 Nuevo: Sensemayá (Silvestre Revueltas) 7:21
4-05 Nuevo: Perfidia (Perfidy) (Alberto Domínguez) 3:02
4-04 Nuevo: El Llorar (Crying) (Traditional, Son Huasteco) 3:37
4-07 Nuevo: K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe (Festival for the Holy Mother Guadalupe) (Osvaldo Golijov) 5:57
4-08 Nuevo: Tabú (Margarita Lecuona) 3:11
4-09 Nuevo: Cuatro Milpas (Four Cornfields) (Belisario García de Jesús, José Elizondo) 4:09
4-10 Nuevo: Chavosutie (Bolanos) 5:14
4-11 Nuevo: Plasmaht (Ariel Guzik) 1:56
5-01 Floodplain: Ya Habibi Ta'ala (My Love, Come Quickly) (Midhat Assem, arr. O. Golijov & Kronos) 2:57
5-02 Floodplain: Tashweesh (Interference) (Ramallah Underground, arr. Kronos & J. Garchik) 3:21
5-03 Floodplain: Wa Habibi (Beloved) (Traditional, arr. S. Prutsman) 3:10
5-04 Floodplain: Getme, Getme (Don’t Leave, Don’t Leave) (Said Rustamov, arr. A. Qasimov, string arr. J. Garchik) 12:04
5-05 Floodplain: Raga Mishra Bhairavi: Alap (Ram Narayan, arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova) 7:02
5-06 Floodplain: Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me (Unattributed, arr. Ljova & Kronos) 3:01
5-07 Floodplain: Mugam Beyati Shiraz (Rahman Asadollahi, arr. Kronos, transc. Ljova) 9:22
5-08 Floodplain: Lullaby (Traditional, arr. Kronos & J. Garchik) 4:08
5-09 Floodplain: Nihavent Sirto (Tanburi Cemil Bey, arr. S. Prutsman) 3:16
5-10 Floodplain: Kara Kemir (Kuat Shildebaev, arr. Kronos) 4:23
5-11 Floodplain: Tèw semagn hagèré (Listen to Me, My Fellow Countrymen) (Alèmu Aga, arr. J. Garchik) 4:02

Kronos Explorer Series

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    Kronos Quartet and its artistic director/founding violinist David Harrington have long been known as interpreters of music from around the world, expanding the string quartet repertoire with works from across genres. Nonesuch, the Quartet’s longtime label, celebrates this remarkable curiosity in the group’s 40th anniversary year with two releases: the Kronos Explorer Series five-CD box set and a new album, A Thousand Thoughts, both of which will be available on April 8, 2014 (international release to follow April 21). 

    Kronos Explorer Series comprises five classic albums from five different parts of the world—Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, Caravan, Nuevo, and Floodplain—with new liner notes that include an in-depth interview of Harrington by renowned author Jonathan Cott. Pieces of Africa (1992), Kronos’s first record of African music, developed over eight years, during which Kronos commissioned/performed with some of the continent’s greatest musicians, including Zimbabwe’s Dumisani Maraire, Nubian Hamza el Din, and Gambia’s Foday Musa Suso. Works with roots in Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, and Uganda also are included. Night Prayers (1994) contains seven works by vastly different artists, geographically all from within the former Soviet Union, including Huun-Huur-Tu from Tuva, Armenian duduk master Djivan Gasparian, and Sofia Gubaidulina from the former Tatar republic. The compositions on Caravan (2000) come from many compass points—Iraq, California, South America—but all have roots in other places, starting with the territory that links northeastern Europe with the Mediterranean and the Orient; composer Osvaldo Golijov arranged the pieces. For Nuevo (2002), the Quartet embraced Mexican genres from rock to mariachi, with music from the heart of regional Mexico, including street performers, religious festival celebrants, and a duet with a leaf player. And on Floodplain (2009), ancient songs from the wellspring of the Fertile Crescent mingle with new music from low-lying areas in Central Asia, North Africa, and Eastern Europe, performed on centuries-old harps, electric sitar, and instruments built for Kronos.

    For 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and Musicians of the Year (2003) from Musical America.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin (discs 1–5); shruti box, solo violin, duo dunia, gusle (disc 5)
    John Sherba, violin (discs 1–5); solo violin, duo dunia, tapan (disc 5)
    Hank Dutt, viola (discs 1–5); solo viola, tambourine, kina cha viola (disc 5)
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello (discs 1, 2)
    Jennifer Culp, cello (disc 3, 4)
    Jeffrey Zeigler, cello, solo cello, beguèna maridhia (disc 5)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    For additional musician and production credits:
    Disc 1, Pieces of Africa, click here.
    Disc 2, Night Prayers, click here.
    Disc 3, Caravan, click here.
    Disc 4, Nuevo, click here.
    Disc 5, Floodplain, click here.

on February 25, 2014 - 12:00pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (All day)
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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

536951

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
Artist Name: 
Kronos Quartet
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UPC: 
075597955149
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CD+MP3
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075597955187
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30.00
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MP3
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075597955187FL
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35.00
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FLAC (Lossless)
UPC: 
075597955149
Price: 
42.00
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5CD+MP3 Set
Description: 

Kronos Quartet and its artistic director/founding violinist David Harrington have long been known as interpreters of music from around the world, expanding the string quartet repertoire with works from across genres. Nonesuch, the Quartet’s longtime label, celebrates this remarkable curiosity in the group’s 40th anniversary year with two releases: the Kronos Explorer Series five-CD box set and a new album, A Thousand Thoughts, both of which will be available on April 8, 2014 (international release to follow April 21). 

Kronos Explorer Series comprises five classic albums from five different parts of the world—Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, Caravan, Nuevo, and Floodplain—with new liner notes that include an in-depth interview of Harrington by renowned author Jonathan Cott. Pieces of Africa (1992), Kronos’s first record of African music, developed over eight years, during which Kronos commissioned/performed with some of the continent’s greatest musicians, including Zimbabwe’s Dumisani Maraire, Nubian Hamza el Din, and Gambia’s Foday Musa Suso. Works with roots in Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, and Uganda also are included. Night Prayers (1994) contains seven works by vastly different artists, geographically all from within the former Soviet Union, including Huun-Huur-Tu from Tuva, Armenian duduk master Djivan Gasparian, and Sofia Gubaidulina from the former Tatar republic. The compositions on Caravan (2000) come from many compass points—Iraq, California, South America—but all have roots in other places, starting with the territory that links northeastern Europe with the Mediterranean and the Orient; composer Osvaldo Golijov arranged the pieces. For Nuevo (2002), the Quartet embraced Mexican genres from rock to mariachi, with music from the heart of regional Mexico, including street performers, religious festival celebrants, and a duet with a leaf player. And on Floodplain (2009), ancient songs from the wellspring of the Fertile Crescent mingle with new music from low-lying areas in Central Asia, North Africa, and Eastern Europe, performed on centuries-old harps, electric sitar, and instruments built for Kronos.

For 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and Musicians of the Year (2003) from Musical America.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Kronos Quartet and its artistic director/founding violinist David Harrington have long been known as interpreters of music from around the world, expanding the string quartet repertoire with works from across genres. Released in honor of the group's 40th anniversary year, Kronos Explorer Series comprises five classic albums from five different parts of the world—Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, Caravan, Nuevo, and Floodplain—with new liner notes that include an in-depth interview of Harrington by renowned author Jonathan Cott. The Independent calls the set "extraordinary."

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin (discs 1–5); shruti box, solo violin, duo dunia, gusle (disc 5)
John Sherba, violin (discs 1–5); solo violin, duo dunia, tapan (disc 5)
Hank Dutt, viola (discs 1–5); solo viola, tambourine, kina cha viola (disc 5)
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello (discs 1, 2)
Jennifer Culp, cello (disc 3, 4)
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello, solo cello, beguèna maridhia (disc 5)

PRODUCTION CREDITS
For additional musician and production credits:
Disc 1, Pieces of Africa, click here.
Disc 2, Night Prayers, click here.
Disc 3, Caravan, click here.
Disc 4, Nuevo, click here.
Disc 5, Floodplain, click here.