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25 Years (Box Set)

25 Years (Box Set)

Kronos Quartet

1998

“With 31 works by 17 composers, the set isn’t just Kronos’ Greatest Hits. The set gives a fleshed-out picture of late-20th-century music, and what’s exciting is that it’s not neutrally representative. Twentieth-century music is generally thought to be complex, atonal, dissonant and expressive of modern anxiety; no music here fits that bill. Nor is any of it mindlessly pandering or New Agey, in what is often alleged to be the only alternative. Instead, there is a vision: a vision of a new musical world order after Minimalism… Moreover, 25 Years makes the point that these players have, after all, not only eclectic but also excellent taste in music, and that they have detoured way outside the well-worn ruts to find a new mainstream just as relevant to our time as the old, but without cliches. The pieces in this repertory give the impression that the late 20th century might after all have been, to reverse Debussy’s comment on Wagner, a glorious dawn mistaken for a sunset.”

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Kyle Gann, The New York Times

About the album

From Alan Rich’s liner note: “Spending time with Kronos in the sparse apartment that serves as their rehearsal space, you get the sense that these avatars of artistic democracy are in charge of their own destiny to a degree uncommon in today’s musical world. ‘At the start of Kronos,’ says [David] Harrington [artistic director, founder and violinist], ‘I kept running into the depressing realization that an art form that I grew up loving seemed to be controlled by people removed from the heart of the music. I wanted to avoid that situation; from the beginning Kronos has been completely self-governing. The music we play and the way we play it emanate from our personalities and desires.’ …

“Whether by accident or design, Kronos’  chosen path has neatly bypassed the perils of routine and stasis: Kronos simply has not, in its glorious quartet-century of exploration, invention, and innovation, found the time to be bored…. As its members have redefined the substance of the string-quartet repertoire, it has also led its cheering throngs to redefine the very nature of the chamber-music experience.”

From Robert Hurwitz’s liner note: “While we were discussing what to include in this box – talk about possibilities, with over four hundred pieces written or arranged for them, not to mention the many other compositions they have performed and recorded – there were many heated conversations about what music could genuinely represent Kronos… The end result is a collection that I believe accomplishes three things. It shows Kronos’ sound and interpretive range – how they play. It reflects their role in the creation of so much music of quality. And finally, in presenting these pieces together, this surprisingly varied collection makes a statement about music in the last quarter of this incredible century.”

SELECT CREDITS

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

with
Ellen Hargis, soprano; Suzanne Elder, alto; Neal Rogers, tenor; Paul Hillier, baritone
Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon
Aki Takahashi, piano
David Krakauer, clarinets
Michael Brosnan, Mark Nolan, didgeridoos

Produced by Judith Sherman; except Pärt: Fratres, Feldman: Piano and String Quartet, Gubaidulina: Quartet No. 4, Crumb: Black Angels, and Schnittke: Collected Songs… produced by Judith Sherman and Kronos Quartet; and Glass: Quartets Nos. 2–5 produced by Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass.
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Part 1: John Adams/Arvo Pärt

  1. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Judah to Ocean
  2. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Toot Nipple
  3. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Dog Jam
  4. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Pavane: She’s So Fine
  5. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Rag the Bone
  6. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Habanera
  7. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Stubble Crotchet
  8. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Hammer & Chisel
  9. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Alligator Escalator
  10. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Ständchen: The Little Serenade
  11. John’s Book of Alleged Dances: Judah to Ocean (Reprise)
    Composed by John Adams
  12. Fratres
    Composed by Arvo Pärt
  13. Psalom
    Composed by Arvo Pärt
  14. Summa
    Composed by Arvo Pärt
  15. Missa Syllabica: Kyrie (feat. Ellen Hargis, Suzanne Elder, Neal Rogers, Paul Hillier)
  16. Missa Syllabica: Gloria (feat. Ellen Hargis, Suzanne Elder, Neal Rogers, Paul Hillier)
  17. Missa Syllabica: Credo (feat. Ellen Hargis, Suzanne Elder, Neal Rogers, Paul Hillier)
  18. Missa Syllabica: Sanctus (feat. Ellen Hargis, Suzanne Elder, Neal Rogers, Paul Hillier)
  19. Missa Syllabica: Angus Dei (feat. Ellen Hargis, Suzanne Elder, Neal Rogers, Paul Hillier)
  20. Missa Syllabica: Ite, missa est (feat. Ellen Hargis, Suzanne Elder, Neal Rogers, Paul Hillier)
    Composed by Arvo Pärt

Part 2: Ken Benshoof/Astor Piazzolla

  1. Traveling Music: I. Gentle, easy
  2. Traveling Music: II. Moderate
  3. Traveling Music: III. Driving
    Composed by Ken Benshoof
  4. Song of Twenty Shadows
    Composed by Ken Benshoof
  5. Five Tango Sensations: Asleep—Dreaming (feat. Astor Piazzolla)
  6. Five Tango Sensations: Loving (feat. Astor Piazzolla)
  7. Five Tango Sensations: Anxiety (feat. Astor Piazzolla)
  8. Five Tango Sensations: Despertar—Anxiety (feat. Astor Piazzolla)
  9. Five Tango Sensations: Fear (feat. Astor Piazzolla)
    Composed by Astor Piazzolla
  10. Four, for Tango
    Composed by Astor Piazzolla

Part 3: Morton Feldman

  1. Piano and String Quartet (feat. Aki Takahashi)
    Composed by Morton Feldman

Part 4: Philip Glass

  1. Quartet No. 4 (Buzcak): I
  2. Quartet No. 4 (Buzcak): II
  3. Quartet No. 4 (Buzcak): III
    Composed by Philip Glass
  4. Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3: 1957—Award Montage
  5. Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3: November 25—Ichigaya
  6. Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3: 1934—Grandmother and Kimitake
  7. Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3: 1962—Body Building
  8. Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3: Blood Oath
  9. Mishima Quartet, Quartet No. 3: Mishima/Closing
    Composed by Philip Glass
  10. Company, Quartet No. 2: I
  11. Company, Quartet No. 2: II
  12. Company, Quartet No. 2: III
  13. Company, Quartet No. 2: IV
    Composed by Philip Glass
  14. Quartet No. 5: I
  15. Quartet No. 5: II
  16. Quartet No. 5: III
  17. Quartet No. 5: IV
  18. Quartet No. 5: V
    Composed by Philip Glass

Part 5: Osvaldo Golijov/Sofia Gubaidulina/Franghiz Ali Zadeh

  1. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind: Prelude: Calmo, sospeso
  2. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind: I. Agitato – Con fuoco – Maestoso – Senza misura, oscilante
  3. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind: II. Teneramente – Ruvido – Presto
  4. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind: III. Calmo, sospeso – Allegro pesante
  5. The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind: Postlude: Lento, liberamente
    Composed by Osvaldo Golijov
  6. Quartet No. 4
    Composed by Sofia Gubaidulina
  7. Mugam Sayagi
    Composed by Franghiz Ali Zadeh

Part 6: Henryk Górecki

  1. Quasi una Fantasia, Quartet No. 2, Op.64: I. Largo (Sostenuto—Mesto)
  2. Quasi una Fantasia, Quartet No. 2, Op.64: II. Decisio – Energico (Marcatissimo sempre)
  3. Quasi una Fantasia, Quartet No. 2, Op.64: III. Arioso: Adagio cantabile
  4. Quasi una Fantasia, Quartet No. 2, Op.64: IV. Allegro (Sempre con grande passione e molto marcato)
    Composed by Henryk Górecki
  5. Already It Is Dusk, Quartet No. 1, Op. 62
    Composed by Henryk Górecki

Part 7: Steve Reich/George Crumb

  1. Different Trains: America – Before the War
  2. Different Trains: Europe – During the War
  3. Different Trains: After the War
    Composed by Steve Reich
  4. Black Angels: I. Departure
  5. Black Angels: II. Absence
  6. Black Angels: III. Return
    Composed by George Crumb

Part 8: Terry Riley

  1. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Introduction
  2. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Cadenza: Violin I
  3. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Where Was Wisdom When We Went West?
  4. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Cadenza: Viola
  5. Cadenza on the Night Plain: March of the Old Timers Reefer Division
  6. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Cadenza: Violin II
  7. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Tuning to Rolling Thunder
  8. Cadenza on the Night Plain: The Night Cry of Black Buffalo Woman
  9. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Cadenza: Cello
  10. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Gathering of the Spiral Clan
  11. Cadenza on the Night Plain: Captain Jack Has the Last Word
    Composed by Terry Riley
  12. G Song
    Composed by Terry Riley
  13. III. The Gift – Echoes of Primordial Time, from Salome Dances for Peace
  14. III. The Gift – Mongolian Winds, from Salome Dances for Peace
  15. V. Good Medicine – Good Medicine Dance, from Salome Dances for Peace
    Composed by Terry Riley

Part 9: Alfred Schnittke

  1. Quartet No. 2: I. Moderato
  2. Quartet No. 2: II. Agitato
  3. Quartet No. 2: III. Mesto
  4. Quartet No. 2: IV. Moderato
    Composed by Alfred Schnittke
  5. Quartet No. 4: I. Lento
  6. Quartet No. 4: II. Allegro
  7. Quartet No. 4: III. Lento
  8. Quartet No. 4: IV. Vivace
  9. Quartet No. 4: V. Lento
    Composed by Alfred Schnittke
  10. Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, from Concerto for Mixed Choir
    Composed by Alfred Schnittke, arr. Kronos Quartet

Part 10: Peter Sculthorpe/P.Q. Phan/Kevin Volans

  1. Jabiru Dreaming, Quartet No. 11: I. Deciso
  2. Jabiru Dreaming, Quartet No. 11: II. Amoroso
    Composed by Peter Sculthorpe
  3. Quartet No. 8: I. Con dolore
  4. Quartet No. 8: II. Risoluto; calmo
  5. Quartet No. 8: III. Con dolore
  6. Quartet No. 8: IV. Con precisione
  7. Quartet No. 8: V. Con dolore
    Composed by Peter Sculthorpe
  8. From Ubirr (feat. Michael Brosnan, Mark Nolan)
    Composed by Peter Sculthorpe
  9. Tragedy at the Opera, from Memoirs of a Lost Soul
    Composed by P.Q. Phan
  10. White Man Sleeps, Quartet No. 1: First Dance
  11. White Man Sleeps, Quartet No. 1: Second Dance
  12. White Man Sleeps, Quartet No. 1: Third Dance
  13. White Man Sleeps, Quartet No. 1: Fourth Dance
  14. White Man Sleeps, Quartet No. 1: Fifth Dance
    Composed by Kevin Volans

Released by Nonesuch Records

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