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

Posted by Designol at May 21, 2020
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 - Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet (1991) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Witold Lutosławski: String Quartet (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 122 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans included
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 with Joan Jeanrenaud - Music of Vladimir Martynov (2012) [Re-Up]

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)  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 - Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (2005) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Mugam Sayagi: Music of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 248 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb
Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79804-2 | Time: 01:01:33 | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism, Avant-Garde

Some people would quickly run away from the music of someone who claims to admire the music of Berg, Crumb, and Cage. Franguiz Ali-Zadeh admires all of those composers and uses similar techniques in her composition, but she also finds inspiration in the music of her native Azerbaijan. With all of this, she creates especially evocative, picturesque works that invite listening more than once. Oasis, the opening work on this disc of her music featuring the Kronos Quartet, begins extremely quietly with water droplets, and then the quartet enters with desolate harmonics, depicting the desolation of the desert. Later in the piece, voices of those taking refuge in the oasis are heard. Ali-Zadeh's music is full of sounds beyond that of the traditionally played instruments of the string quartet and the piano, sounds that enhance and become part of the music. Sometimes it is techniques such as pizzicato, harmonics, col legno, or preparing or playing the strings of the piano; other times it is added instruments, as in Mugam Sayagi, or recorded sound, as in Oasis.

Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at May 14, 2020
Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (1990) [Re-Up]

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

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans included
Label: Nonesuch/Elektra | # 7559-79242-2 | Time: 01:01:39
Classical, Contemporary, Avant-Garde

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 - Michael Gordon: Clouded Yellow (2018)  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 10, 2020
Kronos Quartet - Michael Gordon: Clouded Yellow (2018)

Kronos Quartet - Michael Gordon: Clouded Yellow (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Postminimalism | Label: Cantaloupe Music | # CA21140 | Time: 00:59:34

Over the course of a decade, Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet on a series of provocative works that have sought to stretch, bend and otherwise reshape the boundaries of modern classical music. Clouded Yellow assembles these works for the first time, perfectly encapsulating the breadth and complexity of this long-standing creative partnership. Clouded Yellow features four pieces written for Kronos by Gordon: the title track (composed in 2010), Exalted (2010), The Sad Park (2006) and Potassium (2000). The title of the first refers to the clouded yellow butterfly, which is known in England for its mass migrations; the word 'clouded' is also meant to describe the blurred harmonies and melodies of the piece. 'Potassium' is for amplified string quartet and electronics, with a fuzz box used throughout to lend a mysterious distortion to the sound. 'The Sad Park' is accompanied by recordings of children ages 3 to 4 and their responses to the tragic events of 9/11. 'Exalted', which also features the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, sets the opening of the Jewish Kaddish in Aramaic, connecting the choral voices of mourning to those of the children in 'The Sad Park'.

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Sun Rings (2019)  Music

Posted by delpotro at Dec. 1, 2019
Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Sun Rings (2019)

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Sun Rings (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 354 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 184 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:19:32
Classical | Label: Nonesuch Records

Kronos Quartet's groundbreaking 2002 collaboration with composer Terry Riley, Sun Rings, is available as a recording for the first time via Nonesuch Records on August 30, 2019.
Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace (1989) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace (1989) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 495 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 293 Mb | Scans included
Label: Elektra/Nonesuch | # 7559-79217-2 | Time: 01:58:32
Genre: Classical, Minimalism, Avant-Garde

There is no string quartet that has ever been written that can compare length and diversity with Terry Riley's Salome Dances for Peace. Morton Feldman has written a longer one, but it is confined to his brilliant field of notational relationships and open tonal spaces. Riley's magnum opus, which dwarfs Beethoven's longest quartet by three, is a collection of so many different kinds of music, many of which had never been in string quartet form before and even more of which would – or should – never be rubbing up against one another in the same construct. Riley is a musical polymath, interested in music from all periods and cultures: there are trace elements of jazz and blues up against Indian classical music, North African Berber folk melodies, Native American ceremonial music, South American shamanistic power melodies – and many more. The reason they are brought together in this way is for the telling of an allegorical story. In Riley's re-examining Salome's place in history, he finds a way to redeem both her and the world through her talent.
Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991) [Re-Up]

Kronos Quartet - Kevin Volans - Hunting: Gathering (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 108 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 82 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Classical, Minimalism | Label: Electra Nonesuch | # 7559-79253-2 | 00:21:26

During the rehearsals for the string quartet version of "White Man Sleeps," a strong artistic bond developed between the work's performers, the renowned Kronos Quartet, and its composer, Kevin Volans. This led Kronos to commission a second-string quartet from Volans, especially written for the musicians. Like "White Man Sleeps," it is a stunning piece of music, recommended to every world music lover who wants to cross the bridge to contemporary, modern music. The work comes in three movements, each one with a different character. Most remarkably are the Ethiopian influences in the beginning bars of the first movement (compare this motive with the vocal style of the distinguished Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke) and the joyous Southern African dance-like motive featuring after the more contemplative opening of the second movement. The slightly melancholic song-like structure of the short third movement draws the work to a close.