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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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    Composers from Eastern Europe / Central Asia offer work reflecting upon Jewish, Islamic, and Christian spiritual traditions. Guests include Dawn Upshaw, Djivan Gasparian, and the Throat Singers of Tuva. The seven tracks, says the Washington Post, “make a cohesive, contemplative whole.”

    Credits

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

    with
    Throat Singers of Tuva (1): Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, Anatoly Kuular, Kongar-ool Ondar
    Dawn Upshaw, soprano (2)
    Djivan Gasparian, duduk (5)
    Mikhail Alexandrovich, cantor (6)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and the Kronos Quartet
    Recorded 1992-1994 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, and Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
    Engineers: Joseph Chilorio (4, 6), Bob Edwards (1, 7), Judith Sherman (2-6), Craig Silvey (3-5), Paul Zinman (2)
    Assistant Engineers: Mark Donahue (4), Chris Haynes (4, 5), Tom Luekens (1, 3), Craig Silvey (7)
    Additional mixing for 4: Ben Rizzi, engineer and David Merrill, assistant engineer
    Additional mixing for 7: Adam Abeshouse
    Recordings of male choir and by soprano for 7 provided by Giya Kanchelli
    Mastered at SoundByte, New York, NY

    Art Direction and Design: Frank Olinsky
    Cover: Matt Mahurin

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Composers from Eastern Europe / Central Asia offer work reflecting upon Jewish, Islamic, and Christian spiritual traditions. Guests include Dawn Upshaw, Djivan Gasparian, and the Throat Singers of Tuva. The seven tracks, says the Washington Post, “make a cohesive, contemplative whole.”

Description: 

Composers from Eastern Europe / Central Asia offer work reflecting upon Jewish, Islamic, and Christian spiritual traditions. Guests include Dawn Upshaw, Djivan Gasparian, and the Throat Singers of Tuva. The seven tracks, says the Washington Post, “make a cohesive, contemplative whole.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and the Kronos Quartet
Recorded 1992-1994 at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, and Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
Engineers: Joseph Chilorio (4, 6), Bob Edwards (1, 7), Judith Sherman (2-6), Craig Silvey (3-5), Paul Zinman (2)
Assistant Engineers: Mark Donahue (4), Chris Haynes (4, 5), Tom Luekens (1, 3), Craig Silvey (7)
Additional mixing for 4: Ben Rizzi, engineer and David Merrill, assistant engineer
Additional mixing for 7: Adam Abeshouse
Recordings of male choir and by soprano for 7 provided by Giya Kanchelli
Mastered at SoundByte, New York, NY

Art Direction and Design: Frank Olinsky
Cover: Matt Mahurin

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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79346

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

with
Throat Singers of Tuva (1): Kaigal-ool Khovalyg, Anatoly Kuular, Kongar-ool Ondar
Dawn Upshaw, soprano (2)
Djivan Gasparian, duduk (5)
Mikhail Alexandrovich, cantor (6)

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