String Quartet Plus

On this edition of New Sounds, listen to the Kronos Quartet play music by the Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. Her work for string quartet and the sound of dripping water, "Oasis," builds to a dreamland of turbulent, slashing strings and shimmering chords. Running with “The String Quartet plus…,” there’s also music from Rokia Traore’s CD, Bomboi, where Malian folk melodies and traditional instruments combine with string arrangements from the Kronos Quartet. Then there’s the ancient and moving sounds of Osvaldo Golijov’s collaboration with Kronos, from "The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind," with the clarinet adventurer David Krakauer. Plus - jazz, groove and improv meet classical music in a forthcoming release by the Turtle Island String Quartet and the Ying Quartet, “4 Plus Four.”

PROGRAM #2372, Cross-cultural String Quartets (First aired on Feb. 1, 2005)





Rokia Traore


Manian [6:00]
Bowmboi [6:00

Nonesuch #79852 ** * OR

Kronos Qt. & Franghiz Ali-Zadeh

Mugam Sayagi

Reverse Time [7:30]

Nonesuch #79804 ** * OR

Kronos Quartet & David Krakauer

The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind

Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams And Prayers Of Isaac The Blind, Pts 1-3 [21:00]

Nonesuch #79444 ** * OR

Soldier String Quartet

Inspect for Damaged Gods

R. Johnson: Preachin’ Blues [3:00]

Mulatta Records #008

Turtle Island String Quaret & The Ying Quartet

4 Plus Four

Sri Jo, excerpt [2:30] La Creation Du Monde, excerpt [2:30]

Telarc # 80630

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