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Five Tango Sensations

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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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    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.”

    Credits

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

    with
    Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman
    Engineers: Judith Sherman, Rob Eaton, Dave O’Donnell, Dan Gellert
    Recorded and mixed at Power Station, New York, NY

    Music composed by Astor Piazzolla

    Art direction and design: Manhattan Design

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Release Date: 
Friday, January 25, 1991 - 05:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

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.”

Description: 

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.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman
Engineers: Judith Sherman, Rob Eaton, Dave O’Donnell, Dan Gellert
Recorded and mixed at Power Station, New York, NY

Music composed by Astor Piazzolla

Art direction and design: Manhattan Design

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79254

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, January 1, 1991 - 05:00
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Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597925425BUN
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MP3
UPC: 
603497094868
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5.00
Artist Name: 
Kronos Quartet
Astor Piazzolla
MusicianDetails: 

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

with
Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon

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