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Nuevo / Kronos Quartet


Release Date: 04/09/2002 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79649   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Severiano BriseñoAgustín LaraJuan García EsquivelTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Plankton ManJennifer CulpHank DuttJohn Sherba,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos QuartetTambucoCafé Tacuba
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Classical
Crossover Album.
The always innovative and adventurous Kronos Quartet once again moves beyond the conventional boundaries of artistic genres with NUEVO, an ambitious tribute to the richly diverse musical culture of Mexico. The album is a kaleidoscopic journey through a variegated soundscape, a post-modernist survey of an array of sounds and styles that includes popular and traditional songs, Indian chants, sones, corridos, mariachi, progressive classical, television themes, space-age bachelor pad music, and rock en español. The vibrant performances by the ensemble demonstrate that artists from seemingly disparate musical worlds such as Agustin Lara, Silvestre
Read more Revueltas, Alberto Dominguez, Esquivel, and Café Tacuba share not only a common nationality but a sensibility that balks at limitations and celebrates the unfettered expression of individuality.
The album is also an excellent showcase of the quartet's remarkable versatility. Whether manipulating their instruments to emulate a scratchy, off-speed 78, adding texture to their sound with exotic instruments and effects to produce evocative sonic portraits, or diving headlong into electronica on a remix by Nortec DJ Plankton Man, the ensemble's inimitable artistry always shines through. NUEVO fits perfectly into the Kronos aesthetic and is a fine addition to a discography that defies easy categorization. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
El sinaloense by Severiano Briseño
Performer:  Plankton Man (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Mexico 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a dance remix made in 2001 by Plankton Man of the Kronos Quartet recording of the same work on this CD. 
2.
Se me hizo fácil by Agustín Lara
Performer:  Jennifer Culp (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin), Luanne Warner (Marimba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov 
3.
Mini skirt by Juan García Esquivel
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin), Jennifer Culp (Cello),
Hank Dutt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov 
4.
El llorar by Traditional
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), David Harrington (Violin), Alejandro Flores (Violin),
Jennifer Culp (Cello), Alejandro Flores (Voice), Efrén Vargas (Voice),
John Sherba (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
Alejandro Flores and Efrén Vargas were recorded July, 2001 at Studio "El Ensayo," Satélite, Mexico. 
5.
Perfidia by Alberto Dominguez
Performer:  Carlos Garcia (Leaf), John Sherba (Violin), Jennifer Culp (Cello),
Hank Dutt (Viola), David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman 
6.
K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe by Osvaldo Golijov
Performer:  Rominko Mendez Xik (Voice), David Harrington (Violin), Pegro Lunes Tak'il Bek'et (Guitar),
Carmen Gomez Oso (Voice), Rominko Patixtan Patixtan (Harp), Luanne Warner (Marimba),
Jennifer Culp (Cello), John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola),
Xun Perez Hol Cotom (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Osvaldo Golijov's composition integrates a recording of K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadulupe, a ritual performed during the Festival for the Holy Mother Guadalupe, with music written for Kronos. 
7.
Tabú by Margarita Lecuona
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola), Jennifer Culp (Cello),
David Harrington (Violin), Luis Conte (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
Additional recording for this selection was done at O'Henry Studios,
Burbank, California in January, 2001. 
8.
Plasmaht by Ariel Guzik
Performer:  Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin),
Jennifer Culp (Cello), Ariel Guzik (Espejo Plasmaht)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Kronos Quartet
Ariel Guzik was recorded at Laboratorio Plasmaht. 
9.
Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas
Performer:  Alfredo Bringas (Percussion), John Sherba (Violin), Jennifer Culp (Cello),
David Harrington (Violin), Cláudia Oliveira (Percussion), Raul Tudon (Percussion),
Ricardo Gallardo (Percussion), Hank Dutt (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Tambuco
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman
Additional recording for this selection was done at O'Henry Studios, Burbank, California in January, 2001. 
10.
Cuatro milpas by B. Garcia de Jesus
Performer:  Jennifer Culp (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola), John Sherba (Violin),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1926; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Stephen Prutsman
This selection features the recorded performance of an anonymous Mexican street musician playing an organillo. He was recorded July, 2000 in Mexico City. Careful listening will also reveal "Skaters Waltz" by Emil Waldteufel being played on a second organillo in the background. 
11.
Chavosuite by Ricardo Gallardo
Performer:  Gustavo Santaolalla (Percussion), Gustavo Santaolalla (Toys), Roberto Gómez Bolaños (Voice),
Doña Florinda (Voice), Luna Santaolalla (Voice), David Harrington (Violin),
John Sherba (Violin), Hank Dutt (Viola), Jennifer Culp (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a suite which incorporates "Turkish March" from 'The Ruins of Athens, Op. 113' (1811) by Ludwig van Beethoven,
"La Vecindad del Chavo" (1977), "El Chapulín Colorado" (1976), and "Buenas Noches Vecindad" (1977) by Roberto Gómez Bolaños. 
12.
Nacho Verduzco by Chalino Sánchez
Performer:  John Sherba (Violin), Jennifer Culp (Cello), Hank Dutt (Viola),
David Harrington (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 2000-01 
Venue:  Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov 
13.
12/12 by Cafe Tacvba
Performer:  Alejandro Flores (Requinto), Emmanuel De Real (Computer), Emmanuel De Real (Dancer),
Alejandro Flores (Violin), Emmanuel De Real (Keyboards), Quique Rangel (Dancer),
John Sherba (Violin), David Harrington (Violin), Quique Rangel (Computer),
Hank Dutt (Viola), Jennifer Culp (Cello), Ruben Albarran (Electric Guitar),
Joselo Rangel (Electric Guitar), Quique Rangel (Shell Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet,  Café Tacuba
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  O'Henry Studios, Burbank, California 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
This selection was conceived as a collection of different moments and environments experienced during the course of the Day of the Our Lady of Guadalupe. It weaves together not only the sounds of a rock band and a string quartet, but also traditional Mexican instruments and street sounds.
Café Tabuca was recorded December, 2000 at Studio "El Ensayo," Satélite, Mexico. Fireworks and bells were recorded September, 2001 in Mexico City. 

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