#3492: Kronos Quartet at 40

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Founding violinist of Kronos Quartet, David Harrington joins John Schaefer to take a retrospective look at 40 years of musical adventure. Harrington recounts stories, including their very first commission (paid to the composer in coffee and donuts), meeting John Zorn at a New York City noodle restaurant, convincing Steve Reich to write for string quartet, and first meeting their frequent composer-collaborator, “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley.

Plus, how Kronos picks relatively unknown composers from Vietnam, Uzbekistan, or Serbia for commissions and looks ahead to the next 40 years, working with young groups like Face the Music.  Listen to music from George Crumb, Terry Riley, John Zorn, Vietnamese composer Van-Anh Vanessa Vo, Serbian Alexandra Vribilov, Steve Reich, Ken Benshoof, and more.

PROGRAM # 3492, Kronos Quartet at 40, with David Harrington (First aired on 7/25/2013)                                 





Kronos Quartet

Black Angels

George Crumb: Black Angels, excerpt [3:00]

Nonesuch 79242

Kronos Quartet

Plays Terry Riley

Riley: Salome Dances for Peace, “The Gift” excerpt [6:00]

Elektra/Nonesuch 2 CDs, #79217

Kronos Quartet

Short Stories

John Zorn: Cat o' Nine Tails (Tex Avery Directs the Marquis de Sade), excerpt [4:00]

Nonesuch 79310 www.nonesuch.com

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ with Kronos Quartet

 Three-Mountain Pass

Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ: Green River Delta/Luu Thuy Truong [4:40]

Innova 866

Kronos Quartet


Aleksandra Vrebilov: ...hold me, neighbor, in this storm, excerpt [6:31]

Nonesuch 518349

Steve Reich

Works 1965-1995 (10 CD set)

Different Trains, excerpt [3:24]

Nonesuch #79451