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Performs Philip Glass

Kronos Quartet Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 1995)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J35
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quartet No. 5: 1 - I - Kronos Quartet
2. String Quartet No. 5: 2 - II - Kronos Quartet
3. String Quartet No. 5: 3 - III - Kronos Quartet
4. String Quartet No. 5: 4 -- IV - Kronos Quartet
5. String Quartet No. 5: 5 - V - Kronos Quartet
6. String Quartet No. 4 (Buczak): 6 - I
7. String Quartet No. 4 (Buczak): 7 - II
8. String Quartet No. 4 (Buczak): 8 - III
9. String Quartet No. 2 (Company): 9 - I
10. String Quartet No. 2 (Company): 10 - II
11. String Quartet No. 2 (Company): 11 - III
12. String Quartet No. 2 (Company): 12 - IV
13. String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima): 1957: 13
14. String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima) (1985): 14
15. String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima) (1985): 15
16. String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima) (1985): 16
17. String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima) (1985): 17
18. String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima) (1985): 18

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66 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism without spark? June 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When it comes to contemporary music, KRONOS QUARTET stands for supreme excellence. In all of their recordings, KRONOS-members deliver absolutely immaculate performances. It's no wonder, then, that they are absolutely brilliant this time as well. Those who listen to their records expect perfection from them and are sure never to be disappointed.
This recording, however, is perhaps my least favorite among those I own at present (17). The reason for this lies not in KRONOS's carrying out of the music - which, as I said already, is flawless - but rather in the music itself, which I can't seem to appreciate as much as I myself would like to, given that I am a genuine KRONOS devotee and that I respect Philip Glass's contribution to the renewal of classical music very much.
The problem with Glass's string quartets seems to me to be that they are too often self-indulgent and self-satisfied in quality, as if composing them for Glass were a matter of proving that music can be done that way, that is by using very simple units and combining them in ever new designs. If that was his point, indeed, I don't feel he can be rebutted: undoubtedly music, very nice music, can be composed that way. Minimalism can work! But once that's out of the way, what's left in his quartets?
There are instances in which I think his music does "take off," so to speak, reaching unbelievable heights. But they are instances, and very brief ones I'm afraid. Most of the time, his quartets seem to me to be good examples of "artisanry" and craftsmanship rather than of art. Glass definitely knows how to compose solid pieces of music - his compositions are formally perfect, geometrical even, and completely self-standing. But where is the "divine spark"?
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classical Music for a New Generation June 21, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to classical music (of my own accord) since i was fifteen; i am now twenty years of age, and i know of no other classical string quartet that plays with as much technical expertise, emotional sensitivity, and unity of expression than the Kronos Quartet. This is perhaps makes them a perfect marriage for Phillip Glass' string quartets... This compact disc, upon first listening has complexities and subtleties to the composition that appear as noise, but as you listen to it more, your ear will begin to understand the pieces. This is classical music, yes, but it is classical music for a new generation -music with a new voice, speaking to a new ear.
Thoroughly worth every penny you spend on it, this disc will either move you, challenge your musical sensiblities, or take you into a new vein of classical music.... Like this cd? I would suggest: Arvo Part's "Kanon Pokajanen," Kronos Quartet " Different Trains," or Rachel's "The Sea and the Bells."
(Given that Bach exists, I could not give this disc a five star rating)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendant! July 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
These quartets are, in my opinion, some of the most satisfying music Glass has composed. As a lover of many composers and styles, from Steely Dan to Bjork to Wayne Shorter to Villa Lobos, I must admit that the Glass String Quartet #5 is one of my favorite pieces of music. Rarely does "minimal" music deliver such emotion. Kronos Quartet once again produces a passionate, inimitable performance, and the sound quality is wonderful. This is a disc I rarely travel without.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! July 22, 2000
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For someone who doesn't know much about the Kronos Quartet or Phillip Glass and who dabbles in classical music in general, I must say that this CD is one of my alltime favorite CDs. The music is intricate and haunting, I have listened to this CD more than 200 times and I don't seem to tire of it. I first heard one of the String Quartet No. 3 tracks on a Delta flight while on my way to Italy last year and couldn't get it out of my mind. This has been one of my most treasured purchases. If you like quartets & have a thing for ambient type music, you must buy this CD!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glass in four quarts July 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
It is for the Kronos Quartet rather than Phil Glass that I bought this CD. I usually don't warm up too much for the repetitive minimalism of Glass. It isn't the repetition I mind (like everybody I love Ravel's Bolero; and more seriously, there is some repetitive music that I do like. See my review of Ten Holt's Complete Music for Multiple Pianos), it is the predictable and saccharine harmonies, the endless scales and trite harmonic progressions. I wonder if there is something to minimalism that imposes those gooey harmonies, or if it is just laziness and pandering to a certain audience's tastes.

But I've enjoyed some of the collaborations of the Kronos Quartet with some composers more or less associated with minimalism. I consider the quartets composed for them by Terry Riley (Cadenza on the Night Plain, Salome Dances) and Kevin Volans (Kevin Volans: Hunting: Gathering (String Quartet No. 2) (1987) - Kronos Quartet, String Quartets 2 & 3) to be among the masterpieces in the genre composed in, say, the last 30 years of the 20th Century. There are some elements of repetition in these works, but they aren't really repetitive in the way the music of Glass usually is, or like Riley's ground-breaking "In C". They are more indebted to World-music, but a World-music entirely metabolized by each composer and transformed into compositions that are uniquely personal, and highly appealing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kronos Glass
Kronos is a favorite in our house. This blend of their style and Philip Glass composition very enjoyable. Very pleased.
Published 12 months ago by Robert A Hasselblad
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Music, perfectly played
I've enjoyed many albums from KQ, but this is probably my new favorite. Wonderful music, well played, and lots of it.
Published 18 months ago by Dan Egan
5.0 out of 5 stars This music makes the World a better place.
This is one of my most treasured musical recordings. If I were to go deaf tomorrow, my first thought would be about how I would never again hear the Philip Glass String Quartets. Read more
Published on April 4, 2010 by David Rutten
5.0 out of 5 stars great music ... good performance
It's something of a mystery to me why Glass' chamber music is not better known. Maybe that's something for him to ponder, or his publicist/agent. Read more
Published on March 13, 2010 by floridian321
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sound .. simple beauty !
This CD has a fantastic thick & gorgeous sound. Highly recommended. It just sounds divine & absolutely wonderful on headphones.
Published on March 7, 2009 by W. Todd Penberthy
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant piece for the winter months
I have been a fan of Kronos Quartet since the early 90s. Pieces of Africa, Night Prayers, and Henryk Górecki: Already It Is Dusk (String Quartet No. 1, Op. Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by Jacqueline Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Glass
I am befuddled by the negative reviews of this recording, just as I am befuddled by those who dismiss Glass, Reich and their peers as "Minimalists" as if their development had... Read more
Published on March 29, 2007 by Michael Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This album was my first approach to a minimalist composer, and I didn't exactly know what to expect. The first time I heard it I felt enlightened. Read more
Published on October 30, 2005 by Nicolas Raddatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalist Masterpiece
To quote Sherri "Altovoice" : "I can't believe anyone would rate this noise higher than a 1. If you like the sound of chainsaws needing servicing, then perhaps you'll enjoy this... Read more
Published on May 2, 2005 by Michael Bettine
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad There Isn't a Way to Put -0- Stars
I can't believe anyone would rate this noise higher than a 1. If you like the sound of chainsaws needing servicing, then perhaps you'll enjoy this CD. Read more
Published on April 4, 2005 by Altovoice
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