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Black Angels

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  • It was thirty years ago today: Kronos Quartet's album Black Angels, featuring composer George Crumb’s title piece, was released on Nonesuch. Kronos's connection to the piece dates back to the ensemble's origins when, in 1973, violinist David Harrington was inspired to form the group after hearing the work. Crumb's piece sets a powerful tone for the collection, which addresses the political, physical, and spiritual consequences of war, and includes works by Tallis, Ives, Shostakovich, and Istvan Marta. "As a piece of music, George Crumb's Black Angels remains at the heart of Kronos," Harrington says in a new short film about the album you can watch here. "It seems as relevant today as it did in 1973. As an album, Black Angels set our course for the next thirty years and beyond."

  • Kronos Quartet has released a short film edited by Evan Neff scored to its performance of an excerpt of Peace Be Till, which composer Zachary Watkins wrote for the group in 2018. In the piece, Dr. Clarence B. Jones, the former personal counsel, speechwriter, and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reads King's defense of nonviolent direct action in his famed Letter from Birmingham Jail, which Jones calls "the symphony of social justice." In 1963, Jones had smuggled King's words from the Birmingham, Alabama, jail cell in which he was being held for his participation in a peaceful demonstration.

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    Composer George Crumb’s title piece, evoking Vietnam and 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.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
    Recording Engineers: Judith Sherman, Juhani Liimatainen (1-4, 7-11), Tony Eckert (1-4, 7-11), Alex Haas (5), Dan Reid (6)
    Mix Engineers: Judith Sherman, Bob Edwards (1-4), Alex Haas (5)

    Art direction and design: Manhattan Design
    Photography: Matt Mahurin

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

     

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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.”

Description: 

Composer George Crumb’s title piece, evoking Vietnam and 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.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Recording Engineers: Judith Sherman, Juhani Liimatainen (1-4, 7-11), Tony Eckert (1-4, 7-11), Alex Haas (5), Dan Reid (6)
Mix Engineers: Judith Sherman, Bob Edwards (1-4), Alex Haas (5)

Art direction and design: Manhattan Design
Photography: Matt Mahurin

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

 

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79242

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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9.00
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

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