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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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    Brilliantly eclectic collection features South African composer Kevin Volans’s title piece. Ben Johnston’s “Amazing Grace,” says the New York Times, “is a canny blend of modernist skill and folkish Americana worth the price of the record all by itself.”

    Credits

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

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman
    Recorded January 1987 at Wellesley College Chapel, Wellesley, MA
    Engineer: John Newton
    Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

    Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
    Cover photograph by Nicholas Nixon

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 15, 1987 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Brilliantly eclectic collection features South African composer Kevin Volans’s title piece. Ben Johnston’s “Amazing Grace,” says the New York Times, “is a canny blend of modernist skill and folkish Americana worth the price of the record all by itself.”

Description: 

Brilliantly eclectic collection features South African composer Kevin Volans’s title piece. Ben Johnston’s “Amazing Grace,” says the New York Times, “is a canny blend of modernist skill and folkish Americana worth the price of the record all by itself.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman
Recorded January 1987 at Wellesley College Chapel, Wellesley, MA
Engineer: John Newton
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Carin Goldberg
Cover photograph by Nicholas Nixon

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79163

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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220
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Wednesday, July 1, 1987 - 04:00
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Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597916362
Price: 
7.00
Artist Name: 
Kronos Quartet
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

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