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Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass

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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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    Among these four performances is Quartet No. 5, the first piece Glass wrote especially for Kronos. “It contains some of Mr. Glass's best music since Koyaanisqatsi,” says the New York Times. “His ear for sumptuous string sonorities is undeniable.”

    Credits

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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass
    Recorded August, 1993 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
    Engineer: Craig Silvey
    Assistant Engineer: Tom Luekens
    Edited by Judith Sherman
    Mastered at Soundbyte, New York, NY

    Design by Frank Olinsky
    Cover by Francesco Clemente

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Tuesday, February 7, 1995 (All day)
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Among these four performances is Quartet No. 5, the first piece Glass wrote especially for Kronos. “It contains some of Mr. Glass's best music since Koyaanisqatsi,” says the New York Times. “His ear for sumptuous string sonorities is undeniable.”

Description: 

Among these four performances is Quartet No. 5, the first piece Glass wrote especially for Kronos. “It contains some of Mr. Glass's best music since Koyaanisqatsi,” says the New York Times. “His ear for sumptuous string sonorities is undeniable.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass
Recorded August, 1993 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Engineer: Craig Silvey
Assistant Engineer: Tom Luekens
Edited by Judith Sherman
Mastered at Soundbyte, New York, NY

Design by Frank Olinsky
Cover by Francesco Clemente

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79356

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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67
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205
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Wednesday, February 1, 1995 - 05:00
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Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597935622BUN
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MP3
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603497094660
Price: 
10.00
Artist Name: 
Kronos Quartet
Philip Glass
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

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