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Kronos Quartet: 25 Years [10CD BoxSet] (1998) (LOSSLESS)
Artist: Kronos Quartet
Title Of Album: 25 Years [10CD BoxSet]
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Nonesuch
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (Tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total: 10:32:57 min
Total Size: 2,45 Gb
Website: allmusic

The 20th century has not been kind to most standard classical music forms. The piano sonata, the concerto, the symphony -- none of them have disappeared entirely, but none remain in a state that could be called even remotely healthy. The same was true of the string quartet until 1973, when violinist David Harrington got some friends together to play contemporary music and offered his old high-school composition teacher a bag of donuts if he'd write a piece for them. The resulting composition was the first of over 400 works that have been written for the Kronos Quartet over the course of the following 25 years, a period which has seen the revitalization of the previously moribund string quartet format. But Kronos has done more than simply triple the size of the string quartet repertoire; by focusing on living composers, by cultivating a somewhat rebellious image, and by playing with impeccable professionalism and skill, Kronos has brought a new and primarily young audience to classical music. This massive ten-disc retrospective includes performances of 31 major compositions, most previously released, but some in new recordings. There are none of the miniature works that fill so many of Kronos' individual albums; these are all long-form compositions, all but one presented in their entirety. They include two string quartets by Henryk Gorecki, Terry Riley's post-minimalist Cadenza on the Night Plain, Morton Feldman's Piano and String Quartet, three quartets by Philip Glass, and many others, but the highlights of the collection are the tremendously moving Different Trains by Steve Reich (who combined train sounds, multi-tracked string quartet, and the recorded voices of concentration camp survivors and Pullman porters to create a powerful and deeply personal statement on the Holocaust) and Alfred Schnittke's exquisite Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled With Grief. The packaging is excellent as well, and includes a booklet packed with photos, essays, and notes on the individual composers and compositions.


CDs:
Disc 1 - John Adams, Arvo Pärt
Disc 2 - Ken Benshoof, Astor Piazzolla
Disc 3 - Morton Feldman
Disc 4 - Philip Glass
Disc 5 - Golijov, Gubaidulina, Ali-Zadeh
Disc 6 - Henryk Górecki
Disc 7 - Steve Reich, George Crumb
Disc 8 - Terry Riley
Disc 9 - Alfred Schnittke
Disc 10 - Peter Sculthorpe, P.Q. Phan, Kevin Volans

FULL TRACKLIST:
Disc 1 - John Adams, Arvo Pärt
John Adams
John's Book of Alleged Dances

01.Judah to Ocean [2:36]
02. Toot Nipple [1:16]
03. Dogjam [2:35]
04. Pavane: She's So Fine [6:34]
05. Rag the Bone [3:04]
06. Habanera [4:49]
07. Stubble Crotchet [2:44]
08. Hammer & Chisel [1:16]
09. Alligator Escalator [3:55]
10. Ständchen: The Little Serenade [4:59]
11. Judah to Ocean (Reprise) [2:42]
Arvo Pärt
12. Fratres [9:32]
13. Psalom [2:08]
Missa Syllabica

14. Summa [5:21]
15. Kyrie [2:09]
16. Gloria [2:48]
17. Credo [4:28]
18. Sanctus [0:58]
19. Agnus Dei [1:49]
20. Ite, Missa Est [0:27]
with Neal Rogers, Suzanne Elder, Paul Hillier, Ellen L. Hargis

Total Time: 01:06:10 min

Disc 2 - Ken Benshoof, Astor Piazzolla
Ken Benshoof
Traveling Music

01. I. Gentle, easy [2:20]
02. II. Moderate [8:19]
03. III. Driving [8:29]
04. Song of Twenty Shadows [11:24]
Astor Piazzolla
Five Tango Sensations

05. Asleep [5:29]
06. Loving [6:14]
07. Anxiety [4:57]
08. Despertar [6:06]
09. Fear [4:07]

with Astor Piazzolla
10. Four, for Tango [3:59]

Total Time: 1:01:24 min

Disc 3 - Morton Feldman
Morton Feldman

01. Piano and String Quartet [1:19:38]
with Aki Takahashi

Total Time: 01:19:38 min

Disc 4 - Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Quartet No. 4 (Buczak, 1989)

01. I [8:00]
02. II [6:25]
03. III [8:48]
Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3 (1985):

04. 1957-Award Montage [3:32]
05. November 25-Ichigaya [1:23]
06. 1934-Grandmother and Kimitake [2:44]
07. 1962-Body Building [1:40]
08. Blood Oath [3:14]
09. Mishima-Closing [3:05]
Company, Quartet No. 2 (1983)

10. I [2:10]
11. II [1:36]
12. III [1:33]
13. IV [2:12]
Quartet No. 5 (1991)

14. I [1:11]
15. II [2:59]
16. III [5:28]
17. IV [4:38]
18. V [7:42]

Total Time: 01:08:21 min

Disc 5 - Golijov, Gubaidulina, Ali-Zadeh
Osvaldo Golijov
The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind

01. Prelude: Calmo, sospeso [3:14]
02. I. Agitato-Con fuoco-Maestoso-Senza misura, oscilante [8:40]
03. II. Teneramente-Ruvido-Presto [10:40]
04. III. Calmo, sospeso-Allegro pesante [7:11]
05. Postlude: Lento, liberamente [2:32]

with David Krakauer
Sofia Gubaidulina

06. Quartet No. 4 [11:56]
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

07. Mugam Sayagi [21:28]

Total Time: 01:05:41 min

Disc 6 - Henryk Górecki
Henryk Górecki
Quasi una Fantasia, Quartet No. 2, Op. 64 (1990-91)

01. I. Largo (Sostenuto-Mesto) [8:08]
02. II. Deciso-Energico (Marcatissimo sempre) [6:47]
03. III. Arioso: Adagio cantabile [7:27]
04. IV. Allegro (Sempre con grande passione e molto marcato) [9:46]
05. Already It Is Dusk, Quartet No. 1, Op. 62 (1988) [14:02]

Total Time: 00:46:10 min

Disc 7 -- Steve Reich, George Crumb
Steve Reich
Different Trains (1988)

01. America-Before The War [9:00]
02. Europe-During The War [7:31]
03. After The War [10:29]
George Crumb
Black Angels (1970)

04. I. Departure [5:37]
05. II. Absence [5:26]
06. III. Return [7:16]
Total Time: 00:45:18 min

Disc 8 - Terry Riley
Terry Riley

Cadenza On The Night Plain (1984)

01. Introduction [2:21]
02. Cadenza: Violin I [2:33]
03. Where Was Wisdom When We Went West? [3:07]
04. Cadenza: Viola [2:24]
05. March Of The Old Timers Reefer Division [2:14]
06. Cadenza: Violin II [2:06]
07. Tuning To Rolling Thunder [4:53]
08. The Night Cry Of Black Buffalo Woman [2:53]
09. Cadenza: Cello [1:08]
10. Gathering Of The Spiral Clan [5:26]
11. Captain Jack Has The Last Word [1:43]
12. G Song [9:46]
Salome Dances For Peace (1985-86)

13. III. The Gift: Echoes Of Primordial Time [11:15]
14. III. The Gift: Mongolian Winds [4:17]
15. V. Good Medicine: Good Medicine Dance [13:34]
Total Time: 01:09:38 min

Disc 9 - Alfred Schnittke
Alfred Schnittke
Quartet No. 2 (1981)

01. Moderato [3:12]
02. Agitato [5:35]
03. Mesto [6:41]
04. Moderato [6:36]
05. Lento [9:01]
Quartet No. 4 (1989)

06. Allegro [7:00]
07. Lento [5:57]
08. Vivace [3:26]
09. Lento [9:30]
10. Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled With Grief (1984-85) [8:25]

Total Time: 01:05:23 min

Disc 10 - Peter Sculthorpe, P.Q. Phan, Kevin Volans
Peter Sculthorpe
Jabiru Dreaming, Quartet No. 11 (1990):

01. I. Deciso [5:03]
02. II. Amoroso [7:38]
Quartet No. 8 (1969):

03. I. Con Dolore [2:05]
04. II. Risoluto; Calmo [3:20]
05. III. Con Dolore [3:05]
06. IV. Con Precisione [1:36]
07. V. Con Dolore [1:59]
08. From Ubirr (1994) [11:19]

with Michael Brosnan, Mark Nolan
P.Q. Phan
09. Tragedy At The Opera (1995) [6:37]
Kevin Volans
White Man Sleeps, Quartet No. 1

10. First Dance [4:04]
11. Second Dance [5:08]
12. Third Dance [3:28]
13. Fourth Dance [6:20]
14. Fifth Dance [3:28]

Total Time: 01:05:09 min


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