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Winter Was Hard

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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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    On Winter Was Hard, released September 30, 1988, on Nonesuch Records, Kronos Quartet draws from a remarkable range of composers, including Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, John Lurie, John Zorn. USA Today called it “the most inviting collection of 20th-century music in a long time, easily Kronos' most cohesive album.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Kronos Quartet:
    David Harrington, violin
    John Sherba, violin
    Hank Dutt, viola
    Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
    with
    San Francisco Girls Chorus (1)
    Elizabeth Appling, director
    Earl L. Miller, reed organ (1)
    Christian Marclay, turntables (5)
    Ohta Hiromi, voice (5)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet (1-4, 6-10)
    Recorded November 1987 at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA
    Engineer: John Newton
    Track 1 recorded January 1988 at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA
    Engineers: Howard Johnston and John Newton
    Track 5 produced by John Zorn
    Recorded September 1987 at Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA, by Howard Johnston, and at Metal Box Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen
    Mixed September 1987 at CBS Roppongi Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen
    Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

    Art direction and design: Kosh
    Cover photograph: Michele Clement

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Friday, September 30, 1988 - 04:00
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Kronos Quartet draws from a remarkable range of composers, including Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, John Lurie, John Zorn. USA Today called it “the most inviting collection of 20th-century music in a long time, easily Kronos' most cohesive album.”

Description: 

On Winter Was Hard, released September 30, 1988, on Nonesuch Records, Kronos Quartet draws from a remarkable range of composers, including Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, John Lurie, John Zorn. USA Today called it “the most inviting collection of 20th-century music in a long time, easily Kronos' most cohesive album.”

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet (1-4, 6-10)
Recorded November 1987 at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA
Engineer: John Newton
Track 1 recorded January 1988 at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA
Engineers: Howard Johnston and John Newton
Track 5 produced by John Zorn
Recorded September 1987 at Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA, by Howard Johnston, and at Metal Box Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen
Mixed September 1987 at CBS Roppongi Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig

Art direction and design: Kosh
Cover photograph: Michele Clement

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79181

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Thursday, September 1, 1988 - 04:00
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CD+MP3
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075597918120BUN
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075597918168
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MUSICIANS
Kronos Quartet:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello
with
San Francisco Girls Chorus (1)
Elizabeth Appling, director
Earl L. Miller, reed organ (1)
Christian Marclay, turntables (5)
Ohta Hiromi, voice (5)

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