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Kronos Quartet's "Music of Vladimir Martynov" Named Q2 Music Album of the Week: "Expect Euphoria"

  • Thursday, February 16, 2012
    Kronos Quartet's "Music of Vladimir Martynov" Named Q2 Music Album of the Week: "Expect Euphoria"

    Kronos Quartet's latest album, Music of Vladimir Martynov, released last month on Nonesuch Records, has been named the Album of the Week by Q2 Music, the listener-supported, New York-based online new-music station of Classical 105.9 WQXR. The album includes three works written for Kronos Quartet by the contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov—The Beatitudes, Der Abschied, and Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished), which features a special guest performance from former Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud.

    The station sees in the political movements of the composer's homeland "an apt metaphor for Martynov’s own compositions, with artful nods to the lush Romanticism of Tchaikovsky and jagged affairs with latter-day Stravinsky and Shostakovich." The album opens with The Beatitudes, which, says Q2, "beams with religious ecstasy and provides an easy gateway to the meatier subjects. Enter with fortitude, but expect euphoria."

    Read more about Q2 Music's Album of the Week at wqxr.org. To pick up a copy of the album, head to the Nonesuch Store now, where CDs include an instant download of the album and it is also available to purcase as MP3s and lossless FLAC files.

    Kronos Quartet will be joined by Joan Jeanrenaud for the New York premiere performance of Martynov's Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished) at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on February 28. The program also includes the New York premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's One Hundred Goodbyes (Céad Slán). For tickets, go to carnegiehall.org. For more on Kronos Quartet's tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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Kronos Quartet's latest album, Music of Vladimir Martynov, has been named the Album of the Week by Q2 Music, the New York-based online new-music station of WQXR. The album opens with The Beatitudes, which "beams with religious ecstasy and provides an easy gateway to the meatier subjects," says Q2. "Enter with fortitude, but expect euphoria." Kronos Quartet will give the New York premiere of one of the pieces at Carnegie Hall on February 28.

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Kronos Quartet's latest album, Music of Vladimir Martynov, released last month on Nonesuch Records, has been named the Album of the Week by Q2 Music, the listener-supported, New York-based online new-music station of Classical 105.9 WQXR. The album includes three works written for Kronos Quartet by the contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov—The Beatitudes, Der Abschied, and Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished), which features a special guest performance from former Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud.

The station sees in the political movements of the composer's homeland "an apt metaphor for Martynov’s own compositions, with artful nods to the lush Romanticism of Tchaikovsky and jagged affairs with latter-day Stravinsky and Shostakovich." The album opens with The Beatitudes, which, says Q2, "beams with religious ecstasy and provides an easy gateway to the meatier subjects. Enter with fortitude, but expect euphoria."

Read more about Q2 Music's Album of the Week at wqxr.org. To pick up a copy of the album, head to the Nonesuch Store now, where CDs include an instant download of the album and it is also available to purcase as MP3s and lossless FLAC files.

Kronos Quartet will be joined by Joan Jeanrenaud for the New York premiere performance of Martynov's Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished) at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on February 28. The program also includes the New York premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's One Hundred Goodbyes (Céad Slán). For tickets, go to carnegiehall.org. For more on Kronos Quartet's tour, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

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