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Featured Releases

  • Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector: Music of Terry Riley, released in honor of the composer's 80th birthday, includes a new recording of the title piece, one of Kronos and Riley’s first collaborations, as well as a previously unreleased recording of Lacrymosa – Remembering Kevin and Cry of a Lady (originally released on A Thousand Thoughts) and G Song and Cadenza on the Night Plain (both originally released on 25 Years). Pitchfork says the album is "a necessary addition to the catalog," calling the new recording of the title track "a marvel."

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”

  • This performance of Clint Mansell’s score is as haunting and harrowing as Darren Aronofsky’s film, which the New York Times called “a knockout.” A suite derived from the score has become a popular addition to the Kronos live repertoire.

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