Kronos Quartet Plays Folk Songs (CD Review)

Kronos Quartet, with Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant Folk Songs Nonesuch CD   From its earliest recordings, which included transcriptions of jazz, Kronos Quartet has cast their net wide. The group’s repertoire encompasses music from the world over and from numerous composers in a variety of styles. To remind myself ofContinue reading “Kronos Quartet Plays Folk Songs (CD Review)”

Kronos at Carnegie Hall

  Kronos Quartet Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall Saturday, February 11, 2017 Christian Carey   Six Things to Like About Kronos at Carnegie Hall   Fifty for the Future Commissioning Project — Kronos used Saturday February 11th’s concert to showcase some of the early entries in their “Fifty for the Future” project. Not only isContinue reading “Kronos at Carnegie Hall”

Happy Birthday Terry Riley!

Happy birthday to composer Terry Riley, who turns 80 today. There are CD releases out this week to celebrate the composer. My assessment of ZOFO Plays Terry Riley appears in the CD Reviews section of Sequenza 21 and on my blog. But wait, there’s more. Nonesuch Records has done right by Riley. They have releasedContinue reading “Happy Birthday Terry Riley!”

NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration

This week, NPR’s First Listen program is sharing a streaming preview of Ayhem, a collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner of the National. Out via Anti Records on November 5th, the recording is Dessner’s first full length album of concert works. That said, Dessner is no newbie to writing for classical instruments; he has composed forContinue reading “NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration”