Kronos Quartet "Early Music"
Now just past 30, Kronos Quartet remains as true as ever to its searching spirit. Its bold dedication to new work continues to exhilarate the repertoire, and its intrepid craft enlivens music of both contemporary and ancient sources. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Kronos balances old and new, offering arrangements of medieval chant, traditional Irish folksong, and ancient Greek scales as well as several works by living composers.
MUSIC PLAYED IN THE PROGRAM
- Hildegard von Bingen, arr. Marianne Pfau: O Virtus Sapientie
- Harry Partch, arr. Ben Johnston: Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
—I. Olympos' Pentatonic
—II. Archytas' Enharmonic
- Jack Body: Long-Ge
- Sigur Rós, arr. Stephen Prutsman: Flugufrelsarinn (The Fly Freer)
- Traditional, arr. Tony MacMahon and Stephen Prutsman): An Buachaillín Bán (The Fair- Haired Boy)
- Tanburi Cemil Bey, arr. Stephen Prutsman: Evic Taksim
- Blind Willie Johnson, arr. Stephen Prutsman: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
- Alfred Schnittke, arr. Kronos Quartet: Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief (from Concerto for Mixed Voices)
POSTED BY VAUGHN ORMSETH ON JUNE 17, 2005
Though I've been immersed in music much of my life, the moments when I sense a deep shift in how I actually experience it are quite rare. When they do register, I listen differently from then on. It's usually akin to something falling into place—not unlike like the clarity you can feel the morning after sleeping on an issue that had seemed inscrutable the night before. (more)