Winter Was Hard

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Winter Was Hard
Kronos winter.jpg
Studio album by Kronos Quartet
Released 30 September 1988 (1988-09-30)
Genre Contemporary classical
Label Nonesuch (#79181)
Producer Judith Sherman, John Zorn
Kronos Quartet chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3 stars[1]

Winter Was Hard is a studio album by the Kronos Quartet. It contains compositions by Aulis Sallinen, Terry Riley, Arvo Pärt, Anton Webern, John Zorn, John Lurie, Ástor Piazzolla, Alfred Schnittke, and Samuel Barber.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Winter Was Hard Op. 20" Aulis Sallinen 1:40
2. "Half-Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight" Terry Riley 8:21
3. "Fratres" Arvo Pärt 9:23
4. "Six Bagatelles, Op. 9" Anton Webern 3:57
5. "Forbidden Fruit" John Zorn 10:20
6. "Bella By Barlight" John Lurie 2:47
7. "Four, For Tango" Ástor Piazzolla 4:41
8. "Quartet No. 3" Alfred Schnittke 19:06
9. "Adagio" Samuel Barber 7:09
10. "A Door is Ajar" traditional 0:37

Critical reception[edit]

The album was listed at #11 in the Los Angeles Times Classical Top 25 of 1989.[2] Brian Olewnick, in the All Music Guide to Jazz, calls it a "fairly typical early mélange type recording by Kronos, mixing in au courant contemporary fare with a downtown edge and 20th century classics."[3]




  • Tracks 1–4, 6–10 recorded November 1987 at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts
    • John Newton – Engineer
  • Track 1 recorded January 1988 at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA
    • Howard Johnston, John Newton – Engineers
  • Track 5 produced by John Zorn, recorded September 1987 at Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA (Howard Johnston – Engineer) and at Metal Box Studio, Tokyo, Japan (Ono Seigen – Engineer); mixed September 1987 at CBS Roppongi Studio, Tokyo, Japan by Ono Seigen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Winter Was Hard at AllMusic, by Brian Olewnick
  2. ^ "By The Numbers: Top 25 Classical Albums of 1989". Los Angeles Times. 1989-12-26. 
  3. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2002). "Kronos Quartet". All Music Guide to Jazz: The Definitive Guide to Jazz Music. Backbeat. p. 300. ISBN 978-0-87930-717-2. Retrieved 2009-01-28.