Kronos Quartet - Early Music

Early Music - Lachrymæ Antiquæ
Kronos Quartet
Nonesuch 79457


  1. Machaut (arr. Kronos): Kyrie I
  2. Tye: Rachell's Weepinge
  3. David Lamb (b.1935): Långdans efter Byfåns Mats
  4. Dowland: Lachrymæ Antiquæ
  5. Arvo Pärt (b.1935): Psalom
  6. Harry Partch (1901-1974; arr. Ben Johnston): Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
  7. Jack Body (b.1944): Long-Ge
  8. John Cage (1912-1992; arr. Eric Salzman): Totem ancestor
  9. Machaut (arr. Kronos): Kyrie II
  10. Traditional-Sweden (arr. Mikael Marin): Brudmarsch frå Östa
  11. Kassia (810-867, Byzantium; arr. Diane Touliatos): Using the Apostate Tyrant as His Tool
  12. Louis Hardin (b.1916): Synchrony No. 2
  13. Cage: Quodlibet
  14. Perotin (arr. Kronos): Viderunt Omnes
  15. Machaut (arr. Kronos): Kyrie III
  16. Purcell: Four Part Fantasia No. 2
  17. Hildegard (arr. Marianne Pfau): O Virtus Sapientie
  18. Traditional-Tuva (arr. Steve Mackey): Uleg-Khem
  19. Tye: Farwell My Good I Forever
  20. Alfred Schnittke (b.1934; arr. Kronos): Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief
  21. Bells

Performers: David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), Joan Jeanrenaud (cello), Marja Mutru (harmonium), David Lamb (bagpipe), Wu Man (zhong ruan, da ruan), Olov Johansson (nyckelharpa), Huun-Huur Tu (vocals, igil, byzaanchi, toschpuluur)

Playing time: 68'

Recording dates: 1993-1997 (California & New York)

For those readers unfamiliar with the Kronos Quartet, they are very well-known in modern & avant-garde music circles. They also have a certain predilection for "New Age"-type music, and their entry into Early Music will be seen as an event by some. The present recital includes some other performers on some tracks, and is unfortunately given with no notes on the music other than specifying what it is, but is primarily string performance. The famous EM pieces are handled with flair, but easily recognizable, and the modern and/or world music pieces are generally in a similar idiom.

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Todd M. McComb