Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac The Blind

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Composer Osvaldo Golijov calls his piece, featuring clarinetist David Krakauer alongside Kronos, "a kind of epic, a history of Judaism." The Boston Globe praised it as spiritual, earthly—and earthy: “It is music of prayer, celebration, mysticism, and practicality.”

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On this recording of award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov’s dazzling composition, which incorporates a variety of musical styles and tempos, from Jewish folk to tango, Kronos Quartet is joined by clarinetist David Krakauer. With both his subtle harmonies and frenzied passages, Krakauer adds a new dimension to the rich Kronos sound. The Boston Globe praised it as spiritual, earthly—and earthy: “It is music of prayer, celebration, mysticism, and practicality.”

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman
Recorded January 1996 at Skywalkjer Ranch, Nicasio, California
Engineer, Craig Silvery
Assistant Engineer, Chris Haynes
Mastered by Judith Sherman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, New York City

Art Direction and Design by Frank Olinsky
Cover: Marriage charm, text from the Song of Song; by Baruch ben Shermariah of Brest-Liitovsk, 1794. Benecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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79444

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

with
David Krakauer, clarinet, bass clarinet, basset horn

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075597944464
  • 79444

News & Reviews

  • As part of Kronos: Five Decades, the year-long celebration of Kronos Quartet’s 50th anniversary, the group is publishing five decade-spanning playlists curated by its founder and violinist David Harrington. The fifth and final playlist, featuring music Kronos performed in its fifth decade, 2013–2022, is out now. It includes music from their album A Thousand Thoughts; Folk Songs, with vocals by Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Natalie Merchant, and Rhiannon Giddens; their Grammy-winning collaboration with Laurie Anderson, Landfall; and Terry Riley's Sun Rings. You can hear it here.

  • Kronos Quartet’s award-winning 1990 album Black Angels is now available on vinyl to coincide with Kronos Quartet: Five Decades, a year-long celebration of the quartet’s 50th anniversary, and Nonesuch Records' 60th anniversary. First released in 1990, the album features George Crumb’s title piece, which inspired David Harrington to found the quartet in 1973, and works by Charles Ives, István Márta, Thomas Tallis, and Dmitri Shostakovich. The fourth side of the vinyl is an etching of an illustration created especially for this purpose by Matt Mahurin, whose work is featured on the original album cover. The Evening Standard included Black Angels among its “100 Definitive Classical Albums of the 20th Century.”

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  • About This Album

    On this recording of award-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov’s dazzling composition, which incorporates a variety of musical styles and tempos, from Jewish folk to tango, Kronos Quartet is joined by clarinetist David Krakauer. With both his subtle harmonies and frenzied passages, Krakauer adds a new dimension to the rich Kronos sound. The Boston Globe praised it as spiritual, earthly—and earthy: “It is music of prayer, celebration, mysticism, and practicality.”

    Credits

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

    with
    David Krakauer, clarinet, bass clarinet, basset horn

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman
    Recorded January 1996 at Skywalkjer Ranch, Nicasio, California
    Engineer, Craig Silvery
    Assistant Engineer, Chris Haynes
    Mastered by Judith Sherman and David Harrington at SoundByte Productions, New York City

    Art Direction and Design by Frank Olinsky
    Cover: Marriage charm, text from the Song of Song; by Baruch ben Shermariah of Brest-Liitovsk, 1794. Benecke Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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