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Schnittke: The Complete String Quartets / Kronos Quartet


Release Date: 05/19/1998 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79500   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  John SherbaDavid HarringtonJoan JeanrenaudHank Dutt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...As [this] Schnittke survey attests, the Kronos can play like demons... Schnittke's music warrants deeper analysis. At least the Kronos Quartet has delivered a performance in which every phrase is filled, if not with grief, with profound and resonant meaning.

-- Lawrence B. Johnson, The New York Times [8/30/1998]
...As [this] Schnittke survey attests, the Kronos can play like demons... Schnittke's music warrants deeper analysis. At least the Kronos Quartet has delivered a performance in which every phrase is filled, if not with grief, with profound and resonant meaning.

-- Lawrence B. Johnson, The New York Times [8/30/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello),
Hank Dutt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1994-96 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 2 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello),
Hank Dutt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1994-96 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 21 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 3 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USSR 
Date of Recording: 11/1987 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA 
Length: 19 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 4 by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola),
Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1994-96 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 34 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), David Harrington (Violin), Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello),
John Sherba (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984-1985; Russia 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 8 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This work was arranged by the Kronos Quartet from Schnittke's "Concerto for Mixed Choir." 
6.
Canon in memoriam Igor Stravinsky by Alfred Schnittke
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola),
Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1994-96 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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