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Feldman: Piano & String Quartet

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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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    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.”

    Credits

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

    with
    Aki Takahashi, piano (1)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
    Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, November 1991
    Engineered by Bob Edwards and Judith Sherman
    Assistant Engineer: Craig Silvey

    Art Direction and Design: Frank Olinsky
    Cover Photograph: by Andrew Syred/Photo Research
    Photograph of Morton Feldman by Steven Sloman (courtesy of The Buffalo News)

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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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.”

Description: 

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.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Recorded at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, November 1991
Engineered by Bob Edwards and Judith Sherman
Assistant Engineer: Craig Silvey

Art Direction and Design: Frank Olinsky
Cover Photograph: by Andrew Syred/Photo Research
Photograph of Morton Feldman by Steven Sloman (courtesy of The Buffalo News)

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79320

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Wednesday, September 1, 1993 - 04:00
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CD+MP3
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11.00
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

with
Aki Takahashi, piano (1)

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