Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)  Music

Posted by Designol at Aug. 29, 2016
Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990)
George Crumb, Thomas Tallis, István Mártha, Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 156 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde | Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39

This disc is supposed to hurt. Just look at the program: it starts with Crumb's Black Angels for electric string quartet, a work that is the aural equivalent of Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and ends with Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8, a work that is either the aural equivalent of a monument to the victims of war and fascism written in the ruins of Dresden or the musical equivalent of a suicide note written before the composer joined the Communist Party. With the spooky and evocative performances of Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium, Istvan Marta's Doom. A Sigh, and Charles Ives' There They Are!, this disc is so painful it could be the soundtrack for an unmade Kubrick movie. The question is, is this disc supposed to hurt so much? The Kronos Quartet is a harsh and aggressive ensemble with an angular approach to rhythm and structure and an overwhelming need to assert its individual and collective identity.

Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1991)  Music

Posted by Designol at June 14, 2016
Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1991)

Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutosławski: String Quartet (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 103 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 69 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79255-2 | Time: 00:23:57

For this Elektra/Nonesuch release, the Kronos Quartet interprets Witold Lutoslawski's 1964 String Quartet, an uncommonly difficult piece since the four musicians are commanded to play their parts ad lib, as if they were alone. Lutoslawski was influenced by the random procedures of John Cage, but he also wished to maintain dramatic structure, so string quartet includes rigidity in time measures. The balance between freedom and structure provides for a surprisingly appealing recording.

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.

Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs (2017)  Music

Posted by SERTiL at June 8, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs (2017)

Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs
Folk, Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 39:12 min | 92.1 MB
Label: Nonesuch | Tracks: 09 | Rls.date: 2017

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.

Kronos Quartet - Short Stories (1993) (Repost)  Music

Posted by tirexiss at May 28, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Short Stories (1993) (Repost)

Kronos Quartet - Short Stories (1993)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:15:05 | 350 MB
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559793102

Pieces by nine very different composers make up this fascinating collection of works for string quartet entitled Short Stories, performed by the Kronos Quartet. Elliott Sharp's Digital (1986) is a hard-edged rhythmic study using the instrument bodies as drums, with objects inserted in the strings to create rattling, shaker, and tambourine-like sounds. Steve Mackey's arrangement (1989) of the classic Chicago blues tune "Spoonful" (1960), by the prolific Willie Dixon, exaggerates the gestures of the song and employs complex harmonies and modernistic devices like string crunches, etc. John Oswald's Spectre (1990) opens with the naive sound of the quartet tuning up.

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem For Adam (2001) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at April 20, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem For Adam (2001) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Requiem For Adam (2001)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 188 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Avant-Garde, Minimalism | Label: Nonesuch | # 79639-2 | Time: 00:47:55

This may be the single most powerful piece of music that the Kronos Quartet has ever recorded, and perhaps that Terry Riley has ever written. This is because Requiem for Adam is so personal, so direct, and experiential. Requiem for Adam was written after the death of Kronos violinist David Harrignton's son. He died, in 1995, at the age of 16, from an aneurysm in his coronary artery. Riley, who is very close to the Harringtons and has a son the same age, has delved deep into the experience of death and resurrection, or, at the very least, transmutation. Requiem for Adam is written in three parts, or movements. The first, "Ascending the Heaven Ladder," is based on a four-note pattern that re-harmonizes itself as it moves up the scale. There are many variations and series based on each of these notes and their changing harmonics, and finally a 5/4 dance as it moves to the highest point on the strings. The drone-like effect is stunning when the listener realizes that the drone is changing shape too, ascending the scale, moving ever upward and taking part in the transmutation of harmony.

Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)  Music

Posted by SuniR at April 9, 2017
Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)

Kronos Quartet - Peteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4 (2003)
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 32:10 min | 76 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical, Contemporary | Label: Nonesuch Records

The contemporary Latvian composer Peteris Vasks has said "There has been so much bloodshed and destruction, and yet love's power and idealism have helped to keep the world in balance. I wanted to speak of these things in my new quartet; not from the sidelines, but with direct emotion and sensitivity," and, indeed, from the folksy melodies through to chaos and back again which he creates in this, his fourth quartet, we are taken through a myriad of feelings. His music is always…
Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny - Steve Reich: Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint (1989)

Kronos Quartet, Pat Metheny - Steve Reich: Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint (1989)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 00:41:45 | 222 MB
Genre: Modern Classical | Label: Elektra Nonesuch | Catalog: 7559791762

This late-'80s work finds the minimalist composer mixing acoustic and taped material to great effect. The disc's centerpiece is "Different Trains," a work that frames Reich's impressions of his boyhood train trips between his mother in Los Angeles and his father in New York; Reich also intersperses references to the much more harrowing train rides Jews were forced to take to Nazi concentration camps. Using the fine playing of the Kronos Quartet as a base, Reich layers the work with the taped train musings of his governess, a retired Pullman porter, and various Holocaust survivors – vintage train sounds from the '30s and '40s add to the riveting arrangement. And for some nice contrast, Reich recruits guitarist Pat Metheny to create a similarly momentous piece in "Electric Counterpoint" (Metheny plays live over a multi-tracked tape of ten guitars and two electric basses). Two fine works by Reich in his prime.