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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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    The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

    Kronos Quartet “plays with its characteristic intensity,” says Rolling Stone, on this adventurous, globe-spanning set, which gathers pieces from Lower East Siders Elliot Sharp and John Zorn, Russia's Sofia Gubaidulina, Pakistani singer Pandit Pran Nath, and Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon, among others.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
    with
    Steven Mackey, guitar (6)
    Pandit Pran Nath, voice (9)
    Krishma Bhatt, tabla (9)
    Terry Riley, John Constant, tamboura (9)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
    Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6-10 recorded at Skywalker Ranch, CA, August 1992
    Engineer: Bob Edwards
    Assistant Engineer: Craig Silvey
    Track 3 produced by John Oswald
    Recorded October 1990 at Different Fur
    Engineer: Howard Johnston
    Assistant Engineer: Clive Allen
    Track 4 recorded July 1991 at Skywalker Ranch
    Engineer: Bob Edwards
    Assistant Engineer: Tony Eckert
    Voice sample for I.F. Stone for 7 produced at Studio PASS, New York, by Scott Johnson and Alex Noyes

    Art direction and design: Frank Olinsky
    Cover by Leopoldo Maler

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Friday, March 5, 1993 - 05:00
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Kronos Quartet “plays with its characteristic intensity,” says Rolling Stone, on this adventurous, globe-spanning set, which gathers pieces from Lower East Siders Elliot Sharp and John Zorn, Russia's Sofia Gubaidulina, Pakistani singer Pandit Pran Nath, and Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon, among others.

Description: 

The CD of this album is available to purchase at ArkivMusic.

Kronos Quartet “plays with its characteristic intensity,” says Rolling Stone, on this adventurous, globe-spanning set, which gathers pieces from Lower East Siders Elliot Sharp and John Zorn, Russia's Sofia Gubaidulina, Pakistani singer Pandit Pran Nath, and Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon, among others.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6-10 recorded at Skywalker Ranch, CA, August 1992
Engineer: Bob Edwards
Assistant Engineer: Craig Silvey
Track 3 produced by John Oswald
Recorded October 1990 at Different Fur
Engineer: Howard Johnston
Assistant Engineer: Clive Allen
Track 4 recorded July 1991 at Skywalker Ranch
Engineer: Bob Edwards
Assistant Engineer: Tony Eckert
Voice sample for I.F. Stone for 7 produced at Studio PASS, New York, by Scott Johnson and Alex Noyes

Art direction and design: Frank Olinsky
Cover by Leopoldo Maler

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79310

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
Steven Mackey, guitar (6)
Pandit Pran Nath, voice (9)
Krishma Bhatt, tabla (9)
Terry Riley, John Constant, tamboura (9)

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