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1String Quartet No. 8: I. Con dolore (Peter Sculthorpe)2:04
2String Quartet No. 8: II. Risoluto (Peter Sculthorpe)3:49
3String Quartet No. 8: III. Con dolore (Peter Sculthorpe)3:02
4String Quartet No. 8: IV. Con precisione (Peter Sculthorpe)1:49
5String Quartet No. 8: V. Con dolore (Peter Sculthorpe)2:07
6String Quartet No. 3: Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik's Funeral March (Aulis Sallinen)14:05
7Company, Quartet No. 2: I. (Philip Glass)2:22
8Company, Quartet No. 2: II. (Philip Glass)1:36
9Company, Quartet No. 2: III. (Philip Glass)1:46
10Company, Quartet No. 2: IV. (Philip Glass)2:14
11String Quartet: I. Allegro molto (Conlon Nancarrow)2:18
12String Quartet: II. Andante moderato (Conlon Nancarrow)3:31
13String Quartet: III. Prestissimo (Conlon Nancarrow)5:17
14Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix, arr. Steve Riffkin)2:52

News & Reviews

  • Stanford Live 2014–15 Season Includes Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Toumani Diabaté, Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau

    Stanford Live has announced its 2014–15 season, and featured among the performers taking the stage at Bing Concert Hall are a number of artists familiar to readers of the Nonesuch Journal: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté, Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, and Brad Mehldau Trio, as well as the world premiere of a new piece by John Adams and a celebration of the work of Stephen Sondheim.

  • 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.

About this Album

The Quartet’s best-selling Nonesuch debut includes its now legendary interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” The Washington Post praised the group’s “breadth of vision” throughout a collection “devoted to some of the most imaginative music of our time.”


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


Produced by Thomas Frost
Recorded June 1985 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYC
Engineer: John Newton
Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover Photograph: Jan Staller

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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