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Released 1985-1995

Released 1985-1995 cover art

Track Listing

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1.01Mai Nozipo (Mother Nozipo) (Dumisani Maraire)6:55
1.02Asleep (from Five Tango Sensations) (Astor Piazzolla)5:23
1.03String Quartet No. 4 (Amazing Grace) (Ben Johnston)11:46
1.04America—Before the War (from Different Trains) (Steve Reich)9:01
1.05Arioso (from Quasi una Fantasia) (Henryk Górecki)7:24
1.06The Ecstasy (from Salome Dances for Peace) (Terry Riley)7:18
1.07God-music (from Black Angels) (George Crumb)3:03
1.08Fratres (Arvo Pärt, realized by T. Höfer)9:25
1.09String Quartet No. 5: Movt. III (Philip Glass)5:28
1.10A Cool Wind Is Blowing (Tigran Tahmizyan)3:55
1.11Adagio (Samuel Barber)7:16
2.01Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals (Raymond Scott, arr. S. Mackey)3:05
2.02It Raged (from How It Happens—The Voice of I.F. Stone) (Scott Johnson)8:01
2.03Elvis Everywhere (Michael Daugherty)8:20
2.04Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix, arr. S. Rifkin & Kronos Quartet)3:28

News & Reviews

  • 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

This two-disc set offers highlights from Kronos Quartet’s first decade on Nonesuch. The “supercharged group of musical pioneers” (Los Angeles Times) displays astonishing stylistic breadth, interpreting work by composers ranging from Terry Riley to Jimi Hendrix, Raymond Scott to Steve Reich.


Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
Dumisani Maraire, ngoma, hosho (disc one, 1)
Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon (disc one, 2)
Djivan Gasparian, duduk (disc one, 10)
Patty Manning, John Taylor, and Larry Caballero (disc two, 3)
Scott Fraser, sound design (disc two, 4)


Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet (disc one, 1, 7, 8, 10, 11); Judith Sherman (disc one, 2-6; disc two, 1-4); Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass (disc one, 9)
Disc one engineered by Bob Edwards and Judith Sherman (1, 5); Judith Sherman, Dave O’Donnell, and Dave Gellert (2); John Newton (3, 6, 8, 11); Rob Eaton (4); Judith Sherman, Bob Edwards, Tony Eckert, and Juhani Liimatainen (7); Craig Silvey (9); Judith Sherman and Craig Silvey (10)
Disc two engineered by Craig Silvey and Chris Haynes (1, 4); Craig Silvey, Tom Lueckens, and Carl Glanville (2); Craig Silvey and Steve Limonoff (3)
Mastered by Paul Zinman at SoundByte, New York, NY

Design by SMOG, Los Angeles, CA
Cover photograph by Tim Simmons

Executive Producer: David Bither

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