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  • 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 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.

  • Among these four performances is Quartet No. 5, the first piece Glass wrote especially for Kronos. “It contains some of Mr. Glass's best music since Koyaanisqatsi,” says the New York Times. “His ear for sumptuous string sonorities is undeniable.”

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