Kronos Quartet (album)

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Kronos Quartet
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Studio album by Kronos Quartet
Released 15 August 1986 (1986-08-15)
Recorded June 1985
Genre Contemporary classical
Label Nonesuch (#79111)
Producer Thomas Frost
Kronos Quartet chronology
Music of Bill Evans
Kronos Quartet
White Man Sleeps

Kronos Quartet is a studio album by the Kronos Quartet, the first of their albums on Nonesuch Records. It contains compositions by Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen, American composer Philip Glass, and American/Mexican composer Conlon Nancarrow. The last track is Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. I Con dolore" Peter Sculthorpe 2:04
2. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. II Risoluto" Sculthorpe 3:49
3. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. III Con dolore" Sculthorpe 3:02
4. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. IV Con precisione" Sculthorpe 1:49
5. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. V Con dolore" Sculthorpe 2:07
6. "String Quartet No. 3: Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik's Funeral March" Aulis Sallinen 14:05
7. "Company, Mvt. I" Philip Glass 2:22
8. "Company, Mvt. II" Glass 1:36
9. "Company, Mvt. III" Glass 1:46
10. "Company, Mvt. IV" Glass 2:14
11. "String Quartet, Mvt. I Allegro molto" Conlon Nancarrow 2:18
12. "String Quartet, Mvt. II Andante moderato" Nancarrow 3:31
13. "String Quartet, Mvt. III Prestissimo" Nancarrow 5:17
14. "Purple Haze" Jimi Hendrix, arr. Steve Riffkin 2:52

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

According to John Rockwell of the New York Times, "The best recorded anthology yet to capture the heady diversity of musical idioms that this San Francisco quartet espouses."[3] Joseph McLellan, for the Washington Post, commented in a similar vein: "This group is absolutely amazing-not merely because of the superb technique with which it tackles the challenging contemporary repertoire, but even more for the breadth of vision that matter-of-factly and quite correctly includes Jimi Hendrix. . . . Hearing this music is a mind-expanding experience."[4]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walsh, Michael (1986-11-17). "Once Upon A Time In America". Time. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rockwell, John (1987-06-07). "50 More Top CDs to Tickle Your Laser". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ McLellan, Joseph (1988-01-10). "The String Masters; The Chamber Classics: Stenhammer to Shostakovich". Washington Post. p. G1.