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Black Angels

Album Summary

>Crumb, George : Black Angels (Images I), for electric string quartet
>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
>Marta, Istvan : Doom. A Sigh, for voice & Roumanian folk ensemble
>Ives, Charles : They Are There!, song for voice & piano, S. 371 (K. 6B79)
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Notes & Reviews:

Black Angels is one of Kronos' finest works, a haunting cycle of compositions thematically linked by their relationships to war and brutality. The title piece, composed by George Crumb in response to Vietnam, is marked by its contrasting emotional and dynamic shifts; for effect, the Quartet augments its music with chants, shouts, whispers and the occasional moment of percussion. Multiple overdubs create the vast sound on 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis' 40-part motet "Spem in Alium," a response to Holofernes' siege on the Jewish fortress of Bethulia. The only commissioned work on the record is Istvan Marta's "Doom. A Sigh," based on a pair of Romanian folk songs. ~ Jason Ankeny



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Works Details

>Crumb, George : Black Angels (Images I), for electric string quartet
  • Performers: Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 18 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1970

>Tallis, Thomas : Spem in alium
  • Performers: Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1567

>István Márta (1952 - ) : Doom. A Sigh, for voice & Roumanian folk ensemble
  • Performers: Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 11 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Ives, Charles : They Are There!, song for voice & piano, S. 371 (K. 6B79)
  • Performers: Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Quartet for Strings no 8 in C minor, Op. 110
  • Performers: Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1960.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960