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For nearly four decades, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our ... Read more in Amazon's Kronos Quartet Store

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  • Performer: Marja Mutru, Wu Man, Olov Johansson
  • Orchestra: Kronos Quartet
  • Composer: Guillaume de Machaut, Christopher Tye, David Lamb, John Dowland
  • Audio CD (13 Oct. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J4S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen20. Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief 8:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Don't get too comfortable with this disc's opening minutes, which sound convincingly like a well-tuned consort of viols performing two short pieces by Machaut and Tye. These two works from the 14th and 16th centuries quickly give way to a piece from 1997 by David Lamb. Then come Arvo Pärt, Harry Partch, John Cage, and even Moondog, a.k.a. Louis Hardin. Additional instruments come and go--harmonium, bagpipe, zhong ruan, nyckelharpa, drum--all of which complement and enhance the string sounds. Later, we hear music by Hildegard von Bingen, Pérotin, and even Purcell. Most of the selections from early composers are arrangements by the Kronos Quartet and others, but it's a tribute to the recording's producers that in spite of the music's diversity, everything works together to make a coherent, cohesive, intellectually, and musically challenging programme. --David Vernier

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 April 2001
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This CD is wonderful! The range of material included is excellent, running from 11th century religious content to modern works written just a few years ago. The works are extremely varied, but the CD works on the common themes of music with a modal sound and of music of mourning (hence the subtitle "Ancient Tears"). The use of traditions and instruments from other cultures is refreshing, and the different styles serve to hold the listeners interest. The sounds and melodies grab the attention at once, but the intricacy of the music keeps you interested on subsequent listenings - keep an ear out in particular for the first musically coherent quarter tone playing I've ever heard (!), which crops up in track 6.
This CD is a great achievement, linking as it does such a variety of music in such a satisfyingly coherent manner. It highlights links between modern pieces and their ancient predecessors which you would never have thought could exist if you had not heard this. I urge anyone with an interest in either the ancient or modern side of music, or indeed anyone else, to buy this at once - you will find it both enjoyable and immensely enlightening.
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I thought I had made a big mistake buying this, but after listening to it a few times, I am beginning to get it. You can always rely on Kronos for original choices and excellent playing which add up to stimulating listening.
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The Kronos doing what they do, exploring the byways of music and championing modern composers. Lots of treats for the ears. Enjoy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs.R.Stonestreet on 22 Aug. 2013
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I love early music and so always seeking out new and interesting artists- I was disappointed and shall seek more of the same from these musicians.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Not as early as you might think 6 Jun. 2000
By Scott Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, there is "old" music on this disc. But works in olden style by John Cage, Arvo Part, et al are also present. Quite a challenging program on the listener - but rewarding as well. I am particularly found of Kronos' setting of Alfred Shnittke's "Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled With Grief". Very eclectic recording performed with usual finesse of the Kronos Quartet - and some guests.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect ! 23 Nov. 1998
By "dkfan82" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Some critics say that medievel music is boring and depressive. They also say contemporary music is boring and unlistenable. Well, at least with this one they're wrong !
This CD is very unusual and intersting. Unusual because the Kronos Quartet has managed to put works by Christopher Tye (highly recommended) and John Cage on one CD. Believe it or not but it works !
And it's interesting because on this vital mix some composers sound rather conservative (Cage's "Quodlibet"), while others (Peroin) get a refreshingly new and innovative sound.
Unfortunetly the booklet contains no info on how and why the likes of David Harrington et al came up with the idea of recording this hybrid mix but on the other hand it would probably destroy the magic of this record.
This CD will open new and exciting worlds for those who are willing to take the ride. At least it hasn't left my CD player for quite a while...
The Kronos Quartet has really deserved the Grammy they got for this one. I can only hope that they're going to record more medievel music in the future but that's probably just wishful thinking.....
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
To readers, colegues and friends from around the world 18 Nov. 2008
By paulusrex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First of all, the Kronos quartet is not
an early music group, nor they intend to
be one. The music here is of course re-
workings of works of early music. Despite
the fact of not being how this music
actually sounded like, it got me started
on my collection of music by Perotin. When
I first heard "Viderunt Omnes" by Perotin,
I knew that I had to hear how it actually sounded
like in its original form. This recording the
Kronos Quartet does a great job as they always do.
Again, this recording is not intended for the
serious early music fan, this is more or less
having "fun" with early music.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An excellent choice. 27 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think that were one to be swallowed whole into a landscape painted by Heironymous Bosch, this CD would be the music one would hear. I highly recommend this collection of eclectic, florid works.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
a good one 2 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Who can say, as of now, how much of the music the KQ plays will fall, deservedly or not, by the wayside and how much of it will continue for the ages? At any rate, this CD is rewarding. I like the mix of quirky pieces with the staid, even if the title "Early Music" is misleading (since few original instruments are utilized in this record). Fine work; highly recommended.
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