Kronos Quartet performs Philip Glass

Philip Glass


“The 20th century’s most daring, eclectic and popular string quartet delivers what might be the most essential Philip Glass recording of them all. It features four masterful string quartets, including the briskly lyrical No. 2, aka ‘Company,’ and No. 3, from the 1985 film score for Mishima.”

Kerry Lengel, The Arizona Republic

About the album

From Mark Swed’s liner notes: “Philip Glass’ string quartets may contain his most intimate music. They are works through which a very public composer, perhaps the most important opera reformer of our age and a longstanding collaborator in large-scale music theater, holds up a mirror to himself and his way of composing… ‘In an odd way,’ Glass explains, ‘string quartets have always functioned like that for composers. I don’t really know why, but it’s almost impossible to get away from it. It’s the way composers of the past have thought and that’s no less true for me… It’s almost as if we say we’re going to write a string quartet, we take a deep breath, and we wade in to try to write the most serious, significant piece that we can.’ … Glass says that as he sat down for the eighth time to write a quartet – the String Quartet No. 5 (1991) – he had discovered that perhaps not taking a serious tone might be the most serious way to deal with it. ‘I was thinking that I had really gone beyond the need to write a serious string quartet and that I could write a quartet that is about musicality, which in a certain way is the most serious subject.”


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

Produced by Judith Sherman, Kurt Munkacsi, and Philip Glass
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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

Released by Nonesuch Records



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