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Kronos Quartet Released 1985-1995 [CD]

Kronos Quartet Audio CD
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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: Dumisani Maraire, Larry Caballero, Patty Manning, John Taylor
  • Orchestra: Kronos Quartet
  • Composer: George Crumb, Henryk Górecki, Ben Johnston, Dumisani Maraire, Astor Piazzolla
  • Audio CD (30 Oct 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J3V
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Mai Nozipo ("Mother Nozipo")Kronos Quartet 6:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Five Tango Sensations: Asleep - DreamingKronos Quartet 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Amazing GraceKronos Quartet11:51Album Only
Listen  4. Different Trains - America-Before the War (movement 1)Steve Reich 8:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Quasi Una Fantasia: String Quartet No. 2, Op.64--lll. Arioso: Adagio CantabileHenryk Gorecki 7:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Excerpt from The EcstasyKronos Quartet 7:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. God-MusicKronos Quartet 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. FratresKronos Quartet 9:25Album Only
Listen  9. String Quartet No. 5: III.Kronos Quartet 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Cool Wind Is BlowingKronos Quartet 4:02£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. AdagioKronos Quartet 7:16Album Only
Listen12. Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry CannibalsKronos Quartet 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. It RagedKronos Quartet 8:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Elvis EverywhereKronos Quartet 8:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Purple HazeKronos Quartet 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disc one: great, disc two: a wasted opportunity. 10 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
As other reviewers have noted ,this two disc set is a bit of a curates egg.Disc one is a highly engaging and diverse set of modern instrumental pieces that are of sufficient quality to make one want to search out the albums from which these pieces originate. From African and South American rhythms, to the gospel strains of 'Amazing Grace' and the beauty of Barber's 'Adagio',there is much to enjoy.This disc also has the advantage as working as a seamless piece of work in it's own right,it doesn't feel like a 'bleeding chunks' collection at all. So far, so good.

Disc 2 is a little more problematic. With their usual wit and vivacity,the quartet make a stunning job of 'Purple Haze'. My problem arises with the 'Elvis Everywhere' which at 8 mins 20 is a musical joke stretched too far.Using speech samples can be interesting way of bring a piece alive, as in the brilliant Reich piece 'America -Before the war',that evokes a trans-American steam journey very effectively. However, on tracks like 'It Raged' where the same technique is employed,the result somehow distracts from the music and can seem a little pretentious.

Favorite tracks? hard to say, but the Phillip Glass 'String Quartet No5' is a highly evocative little piece that is always a pleasure to hear.Recommended, despite my moans.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great selection from the Kronos Quartet 23 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
I must confess that I love everything I have heard by the Kronos Quartet. They must be the most eclectic quartet around and one of the most prolific too. From Thomas Tallis to Charles Ives or Jimi Hendrix to Terry Riley, they immerse themselves totally in the music and add thier own special magic.
If you are new to the Kronos Quartet this is a great place to start as this provides a great taster. I can guarentee you will soon be searching out the individual albums.
If you are a recent convert this is a good selection of thier earlier work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A necessary, and excellent, sampler 8 Oct 2000
By Autonomeus - Published on
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I've been aware of the Kronos Quartet since WHITE MAN SLEEPS, but never took the plunge until now. What to do, when they've "released" so many records in the meantime? This sampler is the (near) perfect answer. It contains selections from 10 different albums. This serves both to give a sense of the breadth of the group's work (as well as the breadth of 20th century composition!), and also the flavor of some of their records if you decide to hear more.

It is astounding music --RELEASED works as a unified whole, with two exceptions in my opinion, and those are the excerpts from the Reich and Glass albums. I don't like Glass at all, and the Reich piece is underwhelming, so I simply edit those selections out. Most of the other tracks are nothing less than stellar: Johnston, Gorecki, Riley, Crumb, Part, Tahmizyan, and Barber.

The second disc ("Unreleased") is where my more serious dissatisfaction lies, and hence only 4 stars. You pay a 2-disc price, but this is not a full disc of music, and only 2 of the 4 selections really bear repeated listening. The Johnson track with sampled vocals by the great critic of U.S. imperialism I.F. Stone is fantastic (in a very '80s style), but the last two pieces are more novelty numbers. With all the material available, the second disc could easily contain many more cuts from the voluminous Kronos catalog. But with that caveat, I recommend this record. It sounds great in its own right, and it works quite well as a sampler.

On the strength of RELEASED I added BLACK ANGELS, NIGHT PRAYERS, and SHORT STORIES to my collection, and all are superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I never knew classical could sound like this 22 Jun 2005
By Yosemite Sam - Published on
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I bought this CD with no knowledge of what Kronos Quartet was all about. I don't have a sophisticated taste in classical music, with my preferences running more to Copeland, Dvorak, Handel, Barber, and Holst.....accessible music for many people. I bought this to expose myself to a different approach to classical music and for the most part have loved the ride. The track America-Before the War alone is worth the price of the CD....its meditation on a society just emerging with optimism from economic stagnation but simultaneously rushing into war is incredibly powerful.

There are obviously many old favorites like Amazing Grace, Barber's Adagio, and a classic rendition of Jimmy Hendrix. When you listen, though, you will appreciate the diversity of classical music....there's so much more to the catalog than most writers Top Fifty lists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not what it appears to be 17 July 2006
By Redgecko - Published on
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A sampler should be priced at sampler prices to get you to sample the label or artist, usually around $10. On this set, the first CD is 77 min. but the second is only 23 and mostly worthless, except for the Hendrix piece (Purple Haze) which they claim is unreleased though it appears in nearly identical form on the "Sculthorpe, Sallinen, Glass..." album, released 5 years before this one. The first CD is excellent, however, and merits a $2 marketplace purchase.
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