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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.

  • 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.

  • Kronos traces the flow of music from Northeastern Europe to the Mediterranean to Asia and back, using contemporary work to illustrate ancient traditions. Billboard declares, “Kronos Quartet continues to amaze with its conceptual acuity and cultural breadth.”

  • Kronos Quartet performs Glass's new original score for Tod Browning's classic 1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. "Glass's music doesn't scream," says the Boston Herald. "It sobs—and hits the heart as directly as, well, that vampire-destroying wooden stake." This recording is no longer available from Nonesuch Records.

  • This comprehensive set marks the first 25 years of the ever-evolving Kronos Quartet. This retrospective, decided the New York Times, "does an impressive job of documenting the group's history while also doing justice to a wide range of musical styles of the last quarter of the 20th century."

  • Kronos plays works created between 1966 and 1989 by the former Soviet Union’s leading composer, Alfred Schnittke. The group, says the New York Times, “has delivered a performance in which every phrase is filled with profound and resonant meaning.”

  • Kronos juxtaposes work created as far back as the ninth century with modern, minimalist pieces. By its conclusion, notes the New York Times, “the distinctions between old and new are blurred, and the effect is comforting rather than disconcerting.”

  • Chinese composer Tan Dun melds Eastern and Western influences and explores spiritual themes in this five-movement piece for string quartet and pipa, featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man. The Los Angeles Times calls it a “broad-minded, culture-bending opus.”

  • Composer Osvaldo Golijov calls his piece, featuring clarinetist David Krakauer alongside Kronos, "a kind of epic, a history of Judaism." The Boston Globe praised it as spiritual, earthly—and earthy: “It is music of prayer, celebration, mysticism, and practicality.”

  • These pieces incorporate the recorded/sampled voices of politically charged figures Allen Ginsberg, J. Edgar Hoover, and I.F. Stone. The Chicago Sun-Times says Howl, U.S.A. is “adventurous and provocative and dances on the edge of a whole new form.”

  • 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.

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