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Kronos Quartet - Early Music


Release Date: 09/16/1997 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79457   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Guillaume de MachautHarry PartchArvo PärtDavid Lamb,   ... 
Performer:  John HarringtonJohn SherbaHank DuttMarja Mutru,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos QuartetHuun-Huur TuSolesmes Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre Monks
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance."
Selections recorded at Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California and Mastersound Astoria, Queens, New York.
In concert, the Kronos Quartet has the uncanny ability to assemble great programs of varied compositions. Who would have guessed that mixing Terry Riley with Arvo Pärt and Jimi Hendrix would create a perfect concert recipe? In EARLY MUSIC, they have done it again. All of the mostly-short works on this album are intertwined by there relationship to real or imagined "ancient" music. Selections by Machaut are followed by John Cage, which are in turn followed by anonymous eastern religious music. Furthermore, in many of the selections, the
Read more quartet is joined by special instruments, including drums, harmonium and Tuvan throat singers.
Together these elements comprise an album that flows from beginning to end like a rhapsodic dream, each scene melting into the next. Kronos plays mostly without vibrato in an effort to purify their pitch, and the result is that suddenly your living room becomes a darkened arched cathedral, where music that was performed last year and last millennium mingles in the air and returns to your ear, rich, beautiful and personal. This is not a recording that any other quartet could accomplish. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Kyrie I by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  John Harrington (Violin), John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola),
Marja Mutru (Harmonium), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, Joan Jeanrenaud 
2. Studies (2) on Ancient Greek Scales by Harry Partch
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Ben Johnston 
3. Psalom by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991/1993 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4. Långdans efter Byfåns Mats by David Lamb
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin), David Lamb (Bagpipe)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
5. Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: Lachrimae antiquae by John Dowland
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin),
Wu Man (Zhong ruan), Hank Dutt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6. Totem Ancestor for Prepared Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Eric Salzman 
7. O virtus sapientiae by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Marianne Pfau 
8. In Nomine "Rachells weepinge" by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9. Kyrie II by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Marja Mutru (Harmonium), David Harrington (Violin), John Sherba (Violin),
Hank Dutt (Viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, Joan Jeanrenaud 
10. Brudmarsch frä Östa by Traditional
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), David Harrington (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola),
John Sherba (Violin), Olov Johansson (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Written: Sweden 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Mikael Marin 
11. Using the Apostate Tyrant As His Tool by Kassia
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), David Harrington (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola),
John Sherba (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Written: 9th Century; Greece 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Diane Touliatos 
12. Synchrony no 2 by Moondog
Performer:  Judith Sherman (Drum), Hank Dutt (Viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello),
John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993-97; USA 
Date of Recording: 1994 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
13. Quod Libet by John Cage
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), David Harrington (Violin),
John Sherba (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
14. Viderunt omnes by Pérotin
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), David Harrington (Violin),
John Sherba (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1200; France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 11 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Kronos Quartet 
15. Kyrie III by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin), Marja Mutru (Harmonium)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, Joan Jeanrenaud 
16. Fantasia for 4 Viols in B flat major, Z 736 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
17. Long-Ge by Jack Body
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin),
Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
18. Uleg-Khem by Traditional
Performer:  Anatoly Kuular (Byzaanchi), Kongar-ool Ondar (Toschpuluur), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello),
Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin),
Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (Igil), Kaigal-ool Khovalyg (Voice), Anatoly Kuular (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Huun-Huur Tu
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Steve Mackey 
19. In Nomine "Farewell my good 1, for ever"" by Christopher Tye
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), David Harrington (Violin), John Sherba (Violin),
Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20. Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984-1985; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1993-97 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This work was arranged by the Kronos Quartet from Schnittke's "Concerto
for Mixed Choir." 
21. Requiem: Bells - Tolling of the Knell by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola),
Judith Sherman (Drum), David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solesmes Benedictine Abbey of St. Pierre Monks
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This excerpt from the Requiem performed by Monks of the Abbey of St. Peter's of Solesmes, France. 

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