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  • Feldman: Piano & String Quartet

    Kronos Quartet

    Feldman: Piano & String Quartet

    Morton Feldman composed this meditative 79-minute piece for Kronos and Japanese pianist Aki Takahashi. The Los Angeles Times declared it “a classic in the modern chamber repertory.” The Chicago Tribune hailed the performers' “miraculous control, dedication, and concentration.”

  • Górecki: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

    Henryk Górecki + Kronos Quartet

    Górecki: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

    Kronos Quartet performs Górecki's fist two string quartets for an album Time describes as “sanguine in its magisterial technique and confident in its calm, unmannered directness of expression.” Both pieces were commissioned by Lincoln Center and dedicated to Kronos, marking a renewal of the composer’s interest in instrumental music during a decade of writing mainly for the voice.

  • Short Stories

    Kronos Quartet

    Short Stories

    Kronos Quartet “plays with its characteristic intensity,” says Rolling Stone, on this adventurous, globe-spanning set, which gathers pieces from Lower East Siders Elliot Sharp and John Zorn, Russia's Sofia Gubaidulina, Pakistani singer Pandit Pran Nath, and Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon, among others.

  • Pieces of Africa

    Kronos Quartet

    Pieces of Africa

    This “potent new brew of folk influences, Minimalism, and European forms by eight black, brown, and white African composers,” as Time described it, became a cross-cultural and commercial landmark: the first album to top both the classical and world music Billboard charts.

  • Five Tango Sensations

    Kronos Quartet + Astor Piazzolla

    Five Tango Sensations

    Argentine legend Piazzolla composed this work especially for Kronos. The result, says the New York Times, is a “set of charmingly melodic tangos in which the group supplied an accompaniment to the composer’s urbane performances on the accordion-like bandoneon.”

  • Lutosławski: String Quartet

    Kronos Quartet

    Lutosławski: String Quartet

    The Polish composer Witold Lutosławski designed his 1964 string quartet as a work that invites interpretation and encourages individualized approach. Says the Los Angeles Times, “Kronos conceives the work as a never-slackening exercise in fiery, forthright emotionalism and dramatic intensity.”

  • Volans: Hunting Gathering

    Kronos Quartet

    Volans: Hunting Gathering

    Kronos returns to the work of South African composer Kevin Volans. This piece, notes the New York Times, “moves freely among African rhythmic and melodic shapes, contemporary Western harmonies and tone-shaping techniques, and distorted glimpses of Haydnesque Classicism.”

  • Black Angels

    Kronos Quartet

    Black Angels

    Composer George Crumb’s title piece, called "an unusually elevated and searing Vietnam War protest" by the New York Times, sets a dark, powerful tone for this collection, which addresses the political/physical/spiritual consequences of war. London’s Evening Standard includes the album among its “100 Definitive Classical CDs of the 20th Century.”

  • Riley: Salome Dances for Peace

    Kronos Quartet

    Riley: Salome Dances for Peace

    Minimalist progenitor Terry Riley wrote this ambitious piece for Kronos. “The Quartet,” says the New York Times, “mingles Asian modes, static drones, Arabic melodic arabesques and non-tempered tunings with dissonant Bartókian counterpoint, bluesy inflections, jazzy syncopations, and Minimalist repetition.”

  • Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint

    Steve Reich + Kronos Quartet + Pat Metheny

    Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint

    On the Grammy-winning Different Trains, performed by Kronos Quartet, Reich evokes his American childhood during World War II while also addressing the Holocaust. The New York Times declared it “a work of such originality that ‘breakthrough’ seems the only possible description.” Pat Metheny performs Electric Counterpoint.