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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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    This two-disc set offers highlights from Kronos Quartet’s first decade on Nonesuch. The “supercharged group of musical pioneers” (Los Angeles Times) displays astonishing stylistic breadth, interpreting work by composers ranging from Terry Riley to Jimi Hendrix, Raymond Scott to Steve Reich.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
    with
    Dumisani Maraire, ngoma, hosho (disc one, 1)
    Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon (disc one, 2)
    Djivan Gasparian, duduk (disc one, 10)
    Patty Manning, John Taylor, and Larry Caballero (disc two, 3)
    Scott Fraser, sound design (disc two, 4)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet (disc one, 1, 7, 8, 10, 11); Judith Sherman (disc one, 2-6; disc two, 1-4); Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass (disc one, 9)
    Disc one engineered by Bob Edwards and Judith Sherman (1, 5); Judith Sherman, Dave O’Donnell, and Dave Gellert (2); John Newton (3, 6, 8, 11); Rob Eaton (4); Judith Sherman, Bob Edwards, Tony Eckert, and Juhani Liimatainen (7); Craig Silvey (9); Judith Sherman and Craig Silvey (10)
    Disc two engineered by Craig Silvey and Chris Haynes (1, 4); Craig Silvey, Tom Lueckens, and Carl Glanville (2); Craig Silvey and Steve Limonoff (3)
    Mastered by Paul Zinman at SoundByte, New York, NY

    Design by SMOG, Los Angeles, CA
    Cover photograph by Tim Simmons

    Executive Producer: David Bither

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This two-disc set offers highlights from Kronos Quartet’s first decade on Nonesuch. The “supercharged group of musical pioneers” (Los Angeles Times) displays astonishing stylistic breadth, interpreting work by composers ranging from Terry Riley to Jimi Hendrix, Raymond Scott to Steve Reich.

Description: 

This two-disc set offers highlights from Kronos Quartet’s first decade on Nonesuch. The “supercharged group of musical pioneers” (Los Angeles Times) displays astonishing stylistic breadth, interpreting work by composers ranging from Terry Riley to Jimi Hendrix, Raymond Scott to Steve Reich.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet (disc one, 1, 7, 8, 10, 11); Judith Sherman (disc one, 2-6; disc two, 1-4); Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass (disc one, 9)
Disc one engineered by Bob Edwards and Judith Sherman (1, 5); Judith Sherman, Dave O’Donnell, and Dave Gellert (2); John Newton (3, 6, 8, 11); Rob Eaton (4); Judith Sherman, Bob Edwards, Tony Eckert, and Juhani Liimatainen (7); Craig Silvey (9); Judith Sherman and Craig Silvey (10)
Disc two engineered by Craig Silvey and Chris Haynes (1, 4); Craig Silvey, Tom Lueckens, and Carl Glanville (2); Craig Silvey and Steve Limonoff (3)
Mastered by Paul Zinman at SoundByte, New York, NY

Design by SMOG, Los Angeles, CA
Cover photograph by Tim Simmons

Executive Producer: David Bither

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79394

Number of Discs in Set: 
2discs
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
with
Dumisani Maraire, ngoma, hosho (disc one, 1)
Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon (disc one, 2)
Djivan Gasparian, duduk (disc one, 10)
Patty Manning, John Taylor, and Larry Caballero (disc two, 3)
Scott Fraser, sound design (disc two, 4)

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