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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.

  • About This Album

    The Quartet’s best-selling Nonesuch debut includes its now legendary interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” The Washington Post praised the group’s “breadth of vision” throughout a collection “devoted to some of the most imaginative music of our time.”

    Credits

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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Thomas Frost
    Recorded June 1985 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYC
    Engineer: John Newton
    Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers
    Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

    Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
    Cover Photograph: Jan Staller

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Friday, August 15, 1986 - 04:00
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The Quartet’s best-selling Nonesuch debut includes its now legendary interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” The Washington Post praised the group’s “breadth of vision” throughout a collection “devoted to some of the most imaginative music of our time.”

Description: 

The Quartet’s best-selling Nonesuch debut includes its now legendary interpretation of Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze.” The Washington Post praised the group’s “breadth of vision” throughout a collection “devoted to some of the most imaginative music of our time.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Thomas Frost
Recorded June 1985 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, NYC
Engineer: John Newton
Digital Editing: E. Amelia Rogers
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover Photograph: Jan Staller

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79111

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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221
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Friday, August 1, 1986 - 04:00
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CD+MP3
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075597911121BUN
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11.00
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MP3
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603497095261
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9.00
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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

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