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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."

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Kronos draws from a remarkable range of composers, including Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, John Lurie, John Zorn. USA Today called it “the most inviting collection of 20th-century music in a long time, easily Kronos' most cohesive album.”

  • Brilliantly eclectic collection features South African composer Kevin Volans’s title piece. Ben Johnston’s “Amazing Grace,” says the New York Times, “is a canny blend of modernist skill and folkish Americana worth the price of the record all by itself.”

  • The Quartet’s best-selling Nonesuch debut includes its now legendary interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” The Washington Post praised the group’s “breadth of vision” throughout a collection “devoted to some of the most imaginative music of our time.”

  • Director Paul Schrader's highly stylized vision of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima finds "its textures made more shimmering by the Philip Glass score," featuring Kronos Quartet, says The New Yorker. Glass, Schrader, and costume designer Eiko Ishioka shared a "Best Artistic Contribution" Award at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.