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Volans: Hunting:Gathering / Kronos Quartet

Release Date: 01/16/1991 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79253   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Kevin Volans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 21 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

During the rehearsals for the string quartet version of "White Man Sleeps," a strong artistic bond developed between the work's performers, the renowned Kronos Quartet, and its composer, Kevin Volans. This led Kronos to commission a second-string quartet from Volans, especially written for the musicians. Like "White Man Sleeps," it is a stunning piece of music, recommended to every world music lover who wants to cross the bridge to contemporary, modern music. The work comes in three movements, each one with a different character. Most remarkably are the Ethiopian influences in the beginning bars of the first movement (compare this motive with the vocal style of the distinguished Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke) and the Read more joyous Southern African dance-like motive featuring after the more contemplative opening of the second movement. The slightly melancholic song-like structure of the short third movement draws the work to a close.

-- Frank Eisenhuth, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings no 2 "Hunting:Gathering" by Kevin Volans
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; South Africa 

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