Skip directly to content

Ostertag: All the Rage

  • 79332

Track Listing

News & Reviews

  • 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.

Buy Now

  • About This Album

    Political activist / sound experimentalist / composer Bob Ostertag addresses the AIDS crisis in his collage piece, with documentary-style text and taped samples from a San Francisco riot over gay rights. The New York Times called it “a devastating roar of gay anger.”

    Credits

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

    with
    Eric Gupton, reading

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
    Recorded at Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NY, April 1993
    Engineer: Paul Zinman
    Assistant Engineer: David Merrill

    Music by Bob Ostertag
    Libretto by Sara Miles

    Design: Frank Olinsky
    Cover by David Wojnarowicz

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

More From

nonesuch's picture
on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
genre: 
Release Date: 
Friday, October 22, 1993 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Political activist / sound experimentalist / composer Bob Ostertag addresses the AIDS crisis in his collage piece, with documentary-style text and taped samples from a San Francisco riot over gay rights. The New York Times called it “a devastating roar of gay anger.”

Description: 

Political activist / sound experimentalist / composer Bob Ostertag addresses the AIDS crisis in his collage piece, with documentary-style text and taped samples from a San Francisco riot over gay rights. The New York Times called it “a devastating roar of gay anger.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Recorded at Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NY, April 1993
Engineer: Paul Zinman
Assistant Engineer: David Merrill

Music by Bob Ostertag
Libretto by Sara Miles

Design: Frank Olinsky
Cover by David Wojnarowicz

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79332

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
ns_album_artistid: 
67
ns_album_id: 
207
ns_album_releasedate: 
Friday, October 1, 1993 - 04:00
ns_genre_1: 
0
ns_genre_2: 
0
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597933260
Price: 
5.00
Artist Name: 
Kronos Quartet
MusicianDetails: 

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

with
Eric Gupton, reading

[{"parent":{"title":"Get on the list !","body":" Get exclusive information about NONESUCH tour dates, video premieres and special announcements ","field_newsletter_id":"14075483","field_label_list_id":"6389157","field_display_rates":"-1","field_preview_mode":"false","field_lbox_height":"","field_lbox_width":"","field_toaster_timeout":"16000","field_toaster_position":"From Bottom","field_turnkey_height":"800"}}]

Performs On