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Kronos Quartet - Short Stories

Audio Samples

>Sharp, Elliott : Digital
>Dixon, Willie : Spoonful
>Oswald, John [Composer] : Spectre, for string quartet
>Zorn, John : Cat o'nine tails
>Cowell, Henry : Quartet for Strings "Euphometric"
>Mackey, Steven : Physical Property
>Johnson, Scott : How It Happens the voice of I. F. Stone
>     Soliloquy
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Nath, Pandit Pran : Aba kee tayk hamaree

Album Summary

>Sharp, Elliott : Digital
>Dixon, Willie : Spoonful
>Oswald, John [Composer] : Spectre, for string quartet
>Zorn, John : Cat o'nine tails
>Cowell, Henry : Quartet for Strings "Euphometric"
>Mackey, Steven : Physical Property
>Johnson, Scott : How It Happens the voice of I. F. Stone
>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Quartet for Strings no 2
>Nath, Pandit Pran : Aba kee tayk hamaree
Performers Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Pran Nath (vocals); David Harrington, John Sherba (violin); Hank Dutt (viola); Joan Jeanrenaud (cello).

Recording information: Different Fur, San Francisco, CA (10/1990-08/1992); Skywalker Ranch (10/1990-08/1992).

You've got to hand it to the Kronos Quartet. They've figured it out: you play a piece because it's great, not because it's part of the string quartet repertoire, or even because it's "classical." If that means a concert program that features works by both Bo Diddley and Alfred Schnittke, so be it. They've also figured out that once you hook audiences by playing string quartet arrangements of Bo Diddley, you can use the profits to commission pieces from the best living composers, and those same audiences will then sit and listen to them. This, more than anything else, constitutes the Kronos Quartet's great contribution to classical music. In typical Kronos style, Short Stories is a wildly varying amalgam of pieces; it ranges from modern but sober compositions by Henry Cowell and Sofia Gubaidulina to a cartoon-music experiment by downtown icon John Zorn (in honor of Carl Stalling, who wrote the music to most of the Bugs Bunny cartoons) and Elliott Sharp's "Digital," a piece for string-quartet-as-percussion-ensemble. Frankly, those are the pieces that work the best. The arrangement of Willie Dixon's Chicago blues classic "Spoonful" is better in theory than in practice, and there are a few other slow points as well. But that's the risk you take with this group, and it's worth it. ~ Rick Anderson



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Works Details

>Sharp, Elliott : Digital
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1986
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Dixon, Willie : Spoonful
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: Arranged: S. Mackey
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Oswald, John [Composer] : Spectre, for string quartet
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Zorn, John : Cat o'nine tails
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1988
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Cowell, Henry : Quartet for Strings "Euphometric"
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: ?/?1916-09/1919
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mackey, Steven : Physical Property
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); Steven Mackey (Guitar); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1992
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Johnson, Scott : How It Happens the voice of I. F. Stone :: Soliloquy
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Notes: This selection includes a voice sampling of I.F. Stone.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gubaidulina, Sofia : Quartet for Strings no 2
  • Performers: Kronos Quartet (Strings); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Nath, Pandit Pran : Aba kee tayk hamaree
  • Performers: John Constant (Tamboura); Krishna Bhatt (Tabla); Kronos Quartet (Strings); Terry Riley (Organ); Hank Dutt (Viola); David Harrington (Violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (Cello); John Sherba (Violin); Pandit Nath (Voice); Terry Riley (Tambura); John Constant (Tambura)
  • Ensemble: Kronos Quartet
  • Running Time: 10 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992
  • Studio/Live: Studio