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Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac The Blind

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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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    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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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.”

Description: 

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.”

ProductionCredits: 

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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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79444

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Saturday, March 1, 1997 - 05:00
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075597944464
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5.00
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Kronos Quartet
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MUSICIANS
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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