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Night Prayers

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Track Listing

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1Kongerei (Traditional, arr. S. Mackey)3:38
2Lacrymosa (Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky)6:01
3Mugam Sayagi (Franghiz Ali-Zadeh)21:16
4Quartet No. 4 (Sofia Gubaidulina)11:46
5A Cool Wind Is Blowing (Tigran Tahmizyan)3:56
6 K'Vakarat (Osvaldo Golijov)8:09
7Night Prayers (Giya Kancheli)23:14

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  • 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

Composers from Eastern Europe / Central Asia offer work reflecting upon Jewish, Islamic, and Christian spiritual traditions. Guests include Dawn Upshaw, Djivan Gasparian, and the Throat Singers of Tuva. The seven tracks, says the Washington Post, “make a cohesive, contemplative whole.”


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

Throat Singers of Tuva (1): Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, Anatoly Kuular, Kongar-ool Ondar
Dawn Upshaw, soprano (2)
Djivan Gasparian, duduk (5)
Mikhail Alexandrovich, cantor (6)

Produced by Judith Sherman and the Kronos Quartet
Recorded 1992-1994 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, and Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
Engineers: Joseph Chilorio (4, 6), Bob Edwards (1, 7), Judith Sherman (2-6), Craig Silvey (3-5), Paul Zinman (2)
Assistant Engineers: Mark Donahue (4), Chris Haynes (4, 5), Tom Luekens (1, 3), Craig Silvey (7)
Additional mixing for 4: Ben Rizzi, engineer and David Merrill, assistant engineer
Additional mixing for 7: Adam Abeshouse
Recordings of male choir and by soprano for 7 provided by Giya Kanchelli
Mastered at SoundByte, New York, NY

Art Direction and Design: Frank Olinsky
Cover: Matt Mahurin

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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