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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00004S92N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Kronos Quartet--apparently tired of performing some of the most riveting Western classical works composed in the last century--decided to take a vacation with Caravan. Where did they go? As evidenced by this globetrotting disc, seemingly everywhere. Music from the Middle East, South America, India, Portugal, and California (to name just a few) find their way onto this genre-blurring disc, along with a few surprises. They do a dizzying take on Dick Dale's "Miserlou," which we learn was originally written by Nicholas Roubanis in the '30s; perform a tune from India's bustling "Bollywood" film music industry; and tackle Terry Riley's inventive "Corgeo Funebre en el Monte Diablo"--the second movement of his Requiem for Adam (written for the late son of Kronos leader David Harrington). These are disparate but enthralling works that run the gamut from frenetic to reflective. Even though Caravan sounds less cohesive than Kronos's other world music foray, Pieces of Africa, this is still an enthralling collection and a must for Kronos fans. --Jason Verlinde

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This album certainly deserves a listen.
Rick Thompson
Kronos clocks in with another world music/art music masterpiece and shows us all that the art music of the future can't hide behind Western tradition any more.
Justin Weaver
Never thought I would ever get into classical music because it was all killed to me.
Brad Root

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on April 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In these days when multiculturalism is being forced upon too many with sledgehammer effect, it is good to recall how Nonesuch has been offering wonderful recordings of music from other lands for decades now. An excellent example has reached me by way of a pre-release copy called <Kronos Caravan>. It is described in the press release as an all-premiere recording, which collects new music from Portugal and Argentina, India to the Middle East, Mexico and the United States; and it offers us "collaborations with renowned musicians from around the world in diverse repertoire unified by arrangements of Osvaldo Golijov."
Most of this is exciting stuff, some of it quite beautiful at the same time. Of course I cannot vouch for the authenticity of any of it; but I can assure you that the Kronos Quartet is never below their standards here. They are, to be sure, joined by various musicians on 5 of the 10 tracks. The liner notes, which I assume will be the same when the fully packaged product is released, are copious and informative.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Prauge Traveler on May 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Kronos has made an album to remember with Caravan. There is a wide variety of cultural music represented and all are performed admirably. My favorites are from the Middle East; however, the Carlos Paredes piece is excellent. The songs are slightly eccentric and full of energy. For any classical music lover who needs to get out of the 'same old' styles and composers, this is a necessity. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The positive part is that this is really good but I rank their last "Nuevo" higher because that one holds togheter better.
This is mostly middle eastern/central europe stuff and even if I THINK I know way some argentinian/portuguise tracks are in this (because of that argentininan tango has it roots in middle europe.. portugal cobining bandelon with portuguese fado) it feels misplaced here but artisticially it is very good performed anyway and... hows about "Miserlou Twist" then.. well composer of that old hit has his roots in Libanon so.. :-).
Anyway is this very good, fun, well played and sound, production is also something extra.
You be pleased with this if you like stringquartets with more of a folklore style but my advice is that you by this togheter with Nuevo then you have two great great discs.
People used to Kronos cooperation with Glass, Steve Riech should like this but it is def. NOT minimalism att all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Asmar on May 12, 2000
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The Kronos Quartet, known for performing Western classical music, has taken a world tour with Caravan, their new CD containing works from South America, India, Portugal, and the Middle East, among other places. Arab-American composer Ali Jihad Racy composed a piece called Ecstasy that was performed by the quartet joined by Racy on the nay and Arab percussionist Souhail Kaspar.  One of the dozen works on the disc, Ecstasy is known to Arab listeners as tarab, reaching a state of joy derived from the music, often linked to Sufi traditions. Racy wrote beautiful long solo for the cello before he joins in on the rim-blown reed flute called nay, to Kaspar's steady beat on the tar.  A master nay player, Racy makes his audience feel the wind of the east come out of his wind instrument.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin Weaver on April 19, 2000
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Kronos clocks in with another world music/art music masterpiece and shows us all that the art music of the future can't hide behind Western tradition any more. All these pieces are strong for what they are-- of course, I'll warn that, as always this is a 'something for everyone' disc and there's no guarantee you'll be tapping your toes to every track... but you'll be fascinated by this very inexpensive ticket for a trip around the world with no long plane flight or suchlike. I'm also, once again, spellbound by the consistency of Kronos's playing-- they truly have a 'sound' that is recognizable: energetic, timbrally balanced, and right on in tuning. You can tell they believe in all this music; rest assured it's been hand picked. Buy this now and check out everything else by Kronos while you're at it-- I especially recommend Different Trains, The Philip Glass Quartets, and the Released/Unreleased Retrospective Discs... Enjoy!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vargiu Riccardo James on July 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Kronos Quartet's last accomplishment - Caravan - got me hooked from the very first time I listened to it.
I highly recommend it to those who wish to "get acquainted" with the KQ and don't know which CD to start from. This one, in my opinion, is more apt to satisfy the average music consumer than others by the KQ. Caravan has got a terrific vitality to it, a dynamism I haven't found in any of the other KQ CDs I've listened to so far. Also, in some tracks, it's got a rock-like sound to it, that will be familiar to those who - like myself - have always loved popular music but have just began approaching classical music.
Caravan's apparent simplicity of form mustn't deceive, however: yes, it is easy to listen to, and, yes, it is likely to satisfy unrefined listeners as well as sophisticated ones, but it is not an unchallenging work. Rather, I see it as multi-layered, stratified, allowing different levels of understanding.
My favorite track is Terry Riley's "Cortejo Funebre en el Monte Diablo," a perfect combination of past and present, of classical and "industrial" sounds. I can't praise this track enough: I find it alone to be well worth the price of the entire CD.
Caravan is definitely, and overall, a "five star" CD.
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