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  • Kronos Quartet and its artistic director/founding violinist David Harrington have long been known as interpreters of music from around the world, expanding the string quartet repertoire with works from across genres. Released in honor of the group's 40th anniversary year, Kronos Explorer Series comprises five classic albums from five different parts of the world—Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, Caravan, Nuevo, and Floodplain—with new liner notes that include an in-depth interview of Harrington by renowned author Jonathan Cott. The Independent calls the set "extraordinary."

  • Kronos Quartet and its artistic director/founding violinist David Harrington have long been known as interpreters of music from around the world, expanding the string quartet repertoire with works from across genres. Released in honor of the group's 40th anniversary year, Kronos Explorer Series comprises five classic albums from five different parts of the world—Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, Caravan, Nuevo, and Floodplain—with new liner notes that include an in-depth interview of Harrington by renowned author Jonathan Cott. The Independent calls the set "extraordinary."

  • Released in Kronos Quartet's 40th anniversary year, A Thousand Thoughts is a look at the group's geographically wide-ranging sources, featuring music from 14 different countries, including China, India, Sweden, and Vietnam. The album includes the four cellists who have been in Kronos Quartet over the last 36 years. Ten of the album’s 15 pieces are previously unreleased. Songlines gives it five stars, calling Kronos "one of the musical marvels of our age."

  • Clint Mansell’s score to Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah is performed by Kronos Quartet, joined by Patti Smith for her song "Mercy Is." An orchestra and choir are led by Matt Dunkley, who was also the principal orchestrator and arranger. The album was produced by Mansell and Geoff Foster. The music "is appropriately stirring, threatening, terrifying and majestic," says the Wall Street Journal. Russell Crowe stars as Noah in the film inspired by the epic story of courage, sacrifice, and hope.

  • This album includes three works written for Kronos Quartet by the contemporary Russian composer Vladimir Martynov and features a special guest performance from former Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud on a piece the Times of London describes as "something to treasure" and the Los Angeles Times calls a “masterpiece. The performance, exquisitely recorded, is radiant."

  • The Evening Standard has declared, “Kronos's ears have always been open to extraordinary sounds of the world.” On Floodplain, with original arrangements of traditional music and newly commissioned pieces, Kronos explores vintage pop from Egypt, folk from Azerbaijan, electronica from a Palestinian music collective, and an ambitious piece from Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov with the contemplative grace of a Górecki masterwork.

  • Kronos’s career-long collaboration with minimalist pioneer Terry Riley continues with this work, written for the Quartet and pipa virtuoso Wu Man. The piece, "with its lullabies and entrancing Chinese songs and sweet disposition, brims with joy," writes the Los Angeles Times. Exclusive Nonesuch Store bonus download with CD: “Tusen Tankar,” a traditional Scandinavian folk song.

  • Kronos performs a Stephen Prutsman arrangement of the Sigur Rós piece "Flugufrelsarinn," from the Icelandic quartet's breakthrough album, Ágætis Byrjun. This contemplative track is paired with the more raucous Kronos interpretation of "The Star Spangled Banner," in a Prutsman arrangement that channels Jimi Hendrix.

  • Kronos waited a decade for Henryk Górecki, who garnered a worldwide audience with his Third Symphony, to complete this mournful, meditative work. The Quartet’s David Harrington says, “This music consoles as it faces, unflinchingly, the deepest aspects of life.”

  • Kronos Quartet collaborates with composer Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream) and post-rockers Mogwai on this score to Darren Aronofsky’s time-traveling sci-fi romance. The Boston Globe calls it “a great piece of mood music all on its own.”

  • Kronos Quartet, employing vintage electronic gear, pays homage to Bollywood composer R. D. Burman; his equally legendary wife, Asha Bosle, is featured on vocals. Says The Independent (UK), “Burman's extraordinary music sparkles and soars, aided by multifarious, multicultural collaborators and instruments.”

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