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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

  • "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.

  • Hear Kronos Quartet's "A Thousand Thoughts" Streaming in Full As Q2 Music Album of the Week

    Kronos Quartet's new album, A Thousand Thoughts, is due out next Tuesday, April 8. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the new album is streaming in full all this week as Q2 Music Album of the Week. "The album would be worth checking out just for the spectacular roster of guest stars the quartet has brought into the studio over the years," says Q2. "But just as impressive as these stellar cameos is the chameleonic playing of the quartet themselves, who manage to blend themselves into musics from Afghanistan, Vietnam and Austin, Texas, even while the core of their sound remains as warm and steady as ever."

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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