Kronos Quartet

Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 5, 2017
Joan Jeanrenaud (ex- Kronos Quartet) - Metamorphosis (2002)

Joan Jeanrenaud - Metamorphosis (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Covers included
Classical, Contemporary, Chamber | Label: New Albion | 01:02:33

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud's first solo album since leaving her 20-year gig with the celebrated Kronos Quartet finds her exploring areas that aren't exactly a huge departure from the type of edgy modern music she played with her old group, but it does show what she can do when given her own space to work with. The results are impressive. Most of the compositions are for solo cello with looped cello parts captured digitally or on tape, while one is written for cello and computer-generated sounds and another for cello and "electronics." The composers are a combination of names familiar (Steve Mackey, Philip Glass, Hamza el Din) and new (Mark Grey, Jeanrenaud herself), and while the pieces aren't all equally interesting there are several works of stunning beauty here. One of the most engaging is el Din's "Escalay + 17:10," with its looped Egyptian melodies, and another is Jeanrenaud's own "Altar Piece," which makes extensive use of electronic tone alteration and layering, and on which she exercises masterful control of whispery artificial harmonics. But the album's highlight is a piece by Karen Tanaka entitled "Song of Songs." Inspired by the Old Testament book of the same name, which is essentially an extended love song, Tanaka builds a sweet, simple, and beautifully textured work out of cello and computer-generated sounds. As always, Jeanrenaud's playing is virtuosic but never showy. Highly recommended.

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Dec. 5, 2017
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017)

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks)+cue, log, d. booklet | 376 MB
Label: World Circuit ‎– WCD093 | Tracks: 10 | Time: 46:42 min
World, Jazz, Classical

Ladilikan, the new album by Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, represents a landmark in cultural cross-fertilisation that both parties rank among the most satisfying musical experiences of their careers. David Harrington, Kronos’ artistic director and founder, enthuses that the album is “one of the most beautiful Kronos has ever done.” On first hearing their griot grooves being played by violins, viola and cello, Trio da Kali’s musical director Fodé Lassana Diabaté said, “This is going to be the best collaboration of my life.”
Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012) [Repost]

Kronos Quartet with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Nonesuch | # 529776-2 | Time: 01:08:47

Vladimir Martynov, born in 1946, is one of the cohort of composers that includes Arvo Pärt, Giya Kancheli, and Valentin Silvestrov, who grew up under the influence of the former Soviet Union and abandoned the modernism of their youth to embrace a tonal language of greater simplicity with an aesthetic informed by an intimate spirituality. In spite of the similarities in their backgrounds and journeys, each has a distinctive sound, and Martynov, who is perhaps the least well-known in the West, brings a new perspective to the tradition of European music shaped by mysticism and minimalism. On the surface Martynov's music doesn't have an immediate resemblance to minimalism (apart from the directness of its tonal language), but like minimalism it uses repetition as a structural element and it is concerned with the perception of the passage of time, which it tends to stretch out with almost unbearable poignancy into what commentator Greg Dubinsky describes as "a prolonged state of grace." His harmonic vocabulary is characterized by the fecund tonal richness of post-Romanticism without the angst or decadence sometimes associated with the music of that era.
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 46:41 minutes | 0.97 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Ladilikan, the new album by Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, represents a landmark in cultural cross-fertilisation that both parties rank among the most satisfying musical experiences of their careers. David Harrington, Kronos’ artistic director and founder, enthuses that the album is “one of the most beautiful Kronos has ever done.” On first hearing their griot grooves being played by violins, viola and cello, Trio da Kali’s musical director Fodé Lassana Diabaté said, “This is going to be the best collaboration of my life.”

Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992) (Repost)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Sept. 12, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992) (Repost)

Kronos Quartet - Pieces of Africa (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 272.28 Mb | 1:07:13 | Cover
Classical | Label: Elektra Nonesuch

When released, Pieces of Africa was subject to some of the same "cultural imperialist" criticism that had been more successfully leveled at performers like David Byrne and Paul Simon. The album consists of commissions from African composers working at varying distances from European conventions. But whereas Byrne and Simon arguably used the music of Brazil or South Africa as backgrounds over which to display their own egos, the Kronos Quartet's members managed to sublimate themselves in service to the compositions, never giving the listener any sense of condescension.

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at Sept. 10, 2017
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (2017)

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan
World, Jazz, Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 46:39 min | 264 MB
Label: World Circuit | Tracks: 10 | Rls.date: 2017

You take a trio of the finest traditional griot musicians from Mali and put them in a studio with western music's most revolutionary Western string quartet – and the resulting album is one of the most richly rewarding musical collaborations you are likely to encounter.

Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ) (1997)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at Aug. 21, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ) (1997)

Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ) (1997)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:08:27 | 311 MB
Genre: Modern Classical, Avant-Garde | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559794572

What's interesting about the latest outing from this prolific chamber group is not so much that they've chosen to create string quartet adaptations of music from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance – after all, these are folks who have commissioned arrangements of Jimi Hendrix and Bo Diddley, so we've learned not to be shocked – but rather that they've chosen to juxtapose the works of Machaut, Pérotin and Tye with pieces by John Cage, Moondog and Harry Partch, among other twentieth-century notables.

Kronos Quartet - Caravan (2000)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at July 11, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Caravan (2000)

Kronos Quartet - Caravan (2000)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:02:51 | 319 MB
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559794902

On their 2000 release, the Kronos Quartet has appeared with an album worthy of their name. On Caravan, the quartet uses songs from the world round, with all of them rearranged as needed to fit a string quartet. There are compositions from Yugoslavia ("Pannonia Boundless"), Portugal ("Cancao Verdes Anos" and "Romance No. 1"), India ("Aaj Ki Raat"), Mexico ("La Muerte Chiquita"), Turkey ("Turceasca"), Romania, Hungary, Iran, Lebanon, and Argentina. There are guest artists left and right on the album: Hindustani tabla great Zakir Hussain aids on the Bollywood work "Aaj Ki Raat" (Tonight's the Night).

Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps (1987)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at July 11, 2017
Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps (1987)

Kronos Quartet - White Man Sleeps (1987)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:06:00 | 302 MB
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559791632

This album features the original version of "White Man Sleeps," written in 1982, and "Mbira" from 1980. If you think landmark European 17th/18th century baroque instruments and African musical structures are irreconcilable opposites and you are open enough to change your mind, this is the album for you. These pieces of Kevin Volans belong indeed to the most exciting developments in contemporary music. "White Man Sleeps" features harpsichords and a viola da gamba in African tuning and conventional (non-African) percussion, and "Mbira" is played on percussion and harpsichord.
Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 39:12 minutes | 783 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

When Nonesuch Records celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, with festivals at London's Barbican Centre and New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kronos Quartet joined forces with four labelmates-Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant-to perform a concert entitled Folk Songs. The group later recorded the songs, most of which are traditional with contemporary arrangements, with Doug Petty as the album's producer.