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  • This first-ever vinyl edition of Clint Mansell's haunting score to Darren Aronofsky's 2000 film Requiem for a Dream, performed by Kronos Quartet, was first released for Record Store Day 2016. The album, pressed on two 180-gram LPs, features the original soundtrack, remastered for the release, plus two previously unreleased bonus tracks, as well as a download of the complete album, and newly commissioned artwork by Simon C Page.

  • 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.”

  • Kronos showcases the work—and features the piano playing—of Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. The Boston Herald calls it “utterly absorbing,” “a rich addition to the Kronos discography,” and “a marvelous introduction for many to Ali-Zadeh's music,” which, says David Harrington, “gives us exquisite interior worlds of instrumental color."

  • Latvian composer Peteris Vasks’s specially commissioned five-movement piece reflects upon the passing 20th century. “There has been so much bloodshed and destruction,” Vasks explains, “and yet love’s power and idealism have helped to keep the world in balance.”

  • Kronos performs Ben Johnston’s arrangement of “Hobo composer” Harry Partch’s musical travelogue, recounting a 1941 rail-jumping journey across country. Partch, says the New York Times, “was new during his time, and his music still sounds like no one else’s.”

  • This 2003 Grammy winner for Best Chamber Music Performance, written in 1926 by Austrian Alban Berg, chronicles the married composer’s brief, secret love affair. The Kronos performance, featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, restores a long-lost vocal portion to the piece.

  • Kronos takes a wild ride through 20th-century Mexican music, incorporating traditional and popular tunes, TV themes, even Esquivel’s space-age lounge sounds. The Quartet, says The Independent (UK), captures “a Mexican-style ethos of ingenuity, humor, spirituality, and infinite variety.”

  • Kronos Quartet, overdubbed to three times its size, performs the title piece. The Boston Phoenix noted that Triple Quartet illustrates Reich’s “penchant for maximizing melody as well as the advantages of employing technology to widen the instrumental palette.”

  • Kronos performs Terry Riley’s elegies to lost friends. The “deeply personal” title piece, says Riley, composed in memory of David Harrington’s son Adam, is “a way of coming to terms with loss, a step in coping with grief.”