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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."

  • Composers from Eastern Europe / Central Asia offer work reflecting upon Jewish, Islamic, and Christian spiritual traditions. Guests include Dawn Upshaw, Djivan Gasparian, and the Throat Singers of Tuva. The seven tracks, says the Washington Post, “make a cohesive, contemplative whole.”

  • Political activist / sound experimentalist / composer Bob Ostertag addresses the AIDS crisis in his collage piece, with documentary-style text and taped samples from a San Francisco riot over gay rights. The New York Times called it “a devastating roar of gay anger.”

  • Works from Austrian composers Alban Berg and Anton Webern are prefaced by “a rare Liszt miniature” that, says the Chicago Tribune, reveals the Quartet's goal: to “convey the influence of Wagner down to the pupils of Arnold Schoenberg.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kronos Quartet performs Górecki's first string quartet, Already It Is Dusk, paired with London Sinfonietta soloists' performance of his 1984 work for clarinet, cello, and piano, Lerchenmusik. The first is "a 14-minute gem," says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "While one can only imagine that Górecki's music comes from the heart, there is no question that it goes to the heart—and to the gut—of those who hear it." In both pieces, "it is the music's directness, not its subtlety, that makes it so winning."

  • 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.”

  • 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.”