Kronos Quartet Plays Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace

Released in 1989 – a ninety minute work spread over five separate elements.  Riley covers a wide variety of musical areas including, amongst others, jazz and blues, Indian classical music, North African Berber folk melodies, Native American ceremonial music, and South American shamanistic power melodies. Kronos Quartet deliver the music with their characteristic effortless aplomb. A fascinating album and perhaps one of the most important … Continue reading Kronos Quartet Plays Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace

Five Tango Sensations

A suite of works (Asleep—Loving—Anxiety—Despertar—Fear) for bandoneón and string quartet written in 1989 by  Ástor Piazzolla. It was premiered in New York that year and recorded immediately afterwards by the Kronos Quartet and the composer, who played the bandoneón. The five compositions “a musical farewell to life,” were written after Piazzolla experienced a serious illness, and in that context have a melancholic feel. They were … Continue reading Five Tango Sensations