Variations 28th August – The Kronos Quartet

Written by on August 27, 2011

 Kronos Quartet   In last week’s show I featured choral music by a range of highly regarded British Choirs based on a gramophone magazine article that listed the top20 choirs worldwide.  Now that list contained no American choirs, which upset some American commentators, which in turn tickled my sense of mischief.  However , some very good things do come out of the US and one of those is the Kronos Quartet, a string quartet that have done a hell of a good job of introducing audiences to a lot of modern repertoire and of taking the string quartet out of bow ties and tuxes and into jeans and leather jackets. 

The Quartet was founded by violinist David Harrington in 1973 in Seattle, Washington, but since 1978, the quartet has been based in San Francisco, California. They specialize in new music/contemporary classical music and have a long history of commissioning new works, in fact over 600 works have been created for them. 



Golijov O

Tenebrae : for string quartet

Astor Piazolla

 Five tango Sensations – Dreaming

John Adams

John’s Book of Alleged Dances

Philip Glass

Quartet No.5

Terry Riley

Salome Dances for Peace : III. The Gift, Mongolian Winds

Sofia Gubaidulina

Quartet No. 4

Alfred Schnittke

Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief from Concerto for Mixed Choir ; arr. Kronos Quartet

Kevin Volans

White Man Sleeps Quartet No.1, First Dance

Peter Sculthorpe

Jabiru Dreaming, Quartet No.1, I. Deciso

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