A Thousand Thoughts
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Kronos Quartet and its artistic director/founding violinist David Harrington have long been known as interpreters of music from around the world, expanding the string quartet repertoire with works from across genres. Nonesuch, the Quartet's long time label, celebrates this remarkable curiosity in the group's 40th anniversary year with two releases: the Kronos Explorer Series five-CD box set and a new album A Thousand Thoughts. A Thousand Thoughts is a look at Kronos' geographically wide-ranging sources. It features music from 14 different countries, including China, India, Sweden, and Vietnam. The album includes the four cellists who have been in Kronos Quartet over the last 36 years: Joan Jeanrenaud (1978-1999), Jennifer Culp (1999-2005), Jeffrey Zeigler (2005-2013), and Sunny Yang (2013-present). Ten of the album's 15 pieces are previously unreleased. For 40 years, the Kronos Quartet—David Harrington, John Sherba (violins), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello)—has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of exploration with a commitment to continually re-imagining the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 50 recordings, collaborating with many of the world's most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 800 works and arrangements for string quartet. In 2011, Kronos became the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group's numerous awards also include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and Musicians of the Year (2003) from Musical America.
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I generally find that world music collections are difficult to listen to as the different styles and sounds don't usually fit well together even if individual tracks are great as standalone. However, this CD works really well in a cohesive sense despite the variety. I think this partly due to the sheer quality of the music but also the inspired way these tracks have been arranged on the album. For instance, the first piece and title track, is an instrumental arrangement of a traditional Nordic folk song Tusen Tanka whose lyrics include "A thousand thoughts oppress me - For love of one who can't be mine." It is played slowly and is achingly romantic It has a Gallic feel which really complements the last track which is the song "Danny Boy" played live and sung with verve by Don Walser.
In between, there is a smorgasbord of tunes which generally have an ethnic or folk sound.
My favourite is a Bollywood soundtrack song "Mera Kuchh Saaman" which is also the title track from the Kronos album You've Stolen My Heart and it is hauntingly beautiful.
This album would be a great introduction to the music of Kronos Quartet, although there are no cutting-edge modernistic pieces included. However, this may be a good thing....... depending on your taste! For Kronos aficionados, there are some novel tracks.
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The album takes us on a journey of space and time, with guest musicians joining Kronos Quartet. Beginning with Sweden, the album moves to America's 1927 tune of Blind Willie Johnson, over to Syria for dance music, and to Vietnam with Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ on dan tranh zither. Next, we are taken to Ethiopia and then to Ireland with Tony MacMahon. Wu Man, the Chinese pipa player, is a frequent and favorite collaborator of the quartet; her track shifts back to the Middle East and a tune based on Tanburi Cemkil Bey of Turkey. Afghanistan follows, with Salar Nader on tabla, Abbos Kolsimov on percussion, and Homayun Sakhi playing rubab lute. The time machine takes us to 1918 and a Greco-Turkish rembetika song, with added noise to suggest a scratched Edison cylinder. Bring along composer Terry Riley and the Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir (which were introduced as Le Mystère des Volix Bulgares in the 1960s) for a rich sound. On to a Jewish lament performed by the Quartet's Sunny Yang on cello. An actual vocal by Bhosle arrives, then to an an Argentine nuevo tango. The final track, from a concert, is Danny Boy, with the Kronos Quartet joined by Don Walser and the Pure Texas Band. This album joins the Kronos Quartet's other world music albums, such as Pieces of Africa, Caravan, and Floodplain, as further proof of their amazing musicianship and expansive art.