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Caravan

Audio Samples

>Vrebalov, Aleksandra : Pannonia Boundless, for string quartet
>Paredes, Carlos [Guitar] : Cancao verdes anos (Song of the Green Years)
>Burman, Rahul Dev : Aaj ki raat (for the film Anamika)
>Rangel, Enrique : La muerte chiquita
>Perapaskero, Sapo : Turceasca
>Seress, Rezso : Szomoru vasarnap (Gloomy Sunday)
>Riley, Terry [Composer] : Requiem Quartets
>     Cortejo Fúnebre en e
>Troilo, Anibal : Responso
>Paredes, Carlos [Guitar] : Romance no 1
>Kalhor, Kayhan : Gallop of a Thousand Horses, for string quartet, kamancheh & tombak
>Racy, Ali Jihad : Ecstasy, for string quartet
>Roubanis, Nicholas : Misirlou Twist, for pops orchestra (arrangement of 'Misirlou')

Album Summary

>Vrebalov, Aleksandra : Pannonia Boundless, for string quartet
>Paredes, Carlos [Guitar] : Cancao verdes anos (Song of the Green Years)
>Burman, Rahul Dev : Aaj ki raat (for the film Anamika)
>Rangel, Enrique : La muerte chiquita
>Perapaskero, Sapo : Turceasca
>Seress, Rezso : Szomoru vasarnap (Gloomy Sunday)
>Riley, Terry [Composer] : Requiem Quartets
>Troilo, Anibal : Responso
>Paredes, Carlos [Guitar] : Romance no 1
>Kalhor, Kayhan : Gallop of a Thousand Horses, for string quartet, kamancheh & tombak
>Racy, Ali Jihad : Ecstasy, for string quartet
>Roubanis, Nicholas : Misirlou Twist, for pops orchestra (arrangement of 'Misirlou')
Performers Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Kayhan Kalhor (kamancha); Ali Jihad Racy (nay); Martyn Jones (drums); Zakir Hussain (tabla).

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (03/1999-09/1999).

The ever-eclectic Kronos Quartet delivers another program of music that spans the globe and defies easy categorization. If there is a unifying theme, the clue lies in the title: CARAVAN. The word evokes restlessness, a feeling of travel and crossing borders, and the folk music of the Gypsy/Rom people of Europe and the classical music that drew inspiration from the same. 'Ecstasy,' composed by Lebanese-born New York-based composer/improvisor Ali Jihad Racy, unselfconsciously joins European polyphony with sinuous Middle Eastern modal melodies--the result sounds both centuries old and mysteriously modern. Minimalist legend Terry Riley contributes the surreal, electronically-accented funeral march 'Cortejo fúnebre en el Monte Diablo.' On the madly-swirling Balkan dance turn 'Turceasca,' the quartet is joined by the Romanian folk ensemble Taraf de Haidouks, and the Armenian and Middle Eastern roots of surf music are explored in a rousing, cinematic version of the tune most associated with Dick Dale, 'Misirlou.' Twentieth century music inspired by the traditions of Portugal, India and Mexico are also represented in this remarkable musical travelogue.



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Works Details

>Vrebalov, Aleksandra : Pannonia Boundless, for string quartet
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Paredes, Carlos [Guitar] : Cançao verdes anos (Song of the Green Years)
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Burman, Rahul Dev : Aaj ki raat (for the film Anamika)
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Zakir Hussain (Tabla); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rangel, Enrique : La muerte chiquita
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Perapaskero, Sapo : Turceasca
  • Performers: Constantin Lautaru (Violin); Ionel Manole (Accordion); Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Anghel Gheorghe (Violin); Constantin Lautaru (Violin); Ionel Manole (Accordion); Marin Manole (Accordion); Viorel Vlad (Double Bass)
  • Ensemble: Taraf de Haïdouks
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rezsö Seress (1899 - 1968) : Szomorú vasárnap (Gloomy Sunday)
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Riley, Terry [Composer] : Requiem Quartets :: Cortejo Fúnebre en e
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Terry Riley (Electronics)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: This selection includes a backing track made by Terry Riley from playback samples created on an Ensoniq TS12.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1998
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Aníbal Troilo (1914 - 1975) : Responso
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Paredes, Carlos [Guitar] : Romance no 1
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Kalhor, Kayhan : Gallop of a Thousand Horses, for string quartet, kamancheh & tombak
  • Performers: Kayhan Kalhor (Setar); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Ziya Tabassian (Tombak); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Racy, Ali Jihad : Ecstasy, for string quartet
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Ali Racy (Nay); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Souhail Kaspar (Tar); Ali Racy (Ney)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Roubanis, Nicholas : Misirlou Twist, for pops orchestra (arrangement of 'Misirlou')
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); David Harrington (Violin); John Sherba (Violin); Hank Dutt (Viola); Jennifer Culp (Cello); Martyn Jones (Drums)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: Osvaldo Golijov
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio