Kronos Quartet: Early Music Lachrymae Antigua
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Don't get too comfortable with this disc's opening minutes, which sound convincingly like a well-tuned consort of viols performing two short pieces by Machaut and Tye. These two works from the 14th and 16th centuries quickly give way to a piece from 1997 by David Lamb. Then come Arvo Part, Harry Partch, John Cage, and even Moondog, a.k.a. Louis Hardin. Additional instruments come and go- -harmonium, bagpipe, zhong ruan, nyckelharpa, drum--all of which complement and enhance the string sounds. Later, we hear music by Hildegard von Bingen, Perotin, and even Purcell. Most of the selections from early composers are arrangements by the Kronos Quartet and others, but it's a tribute to the recording's producers that in spite of the music's diversity, everything works together to make a coherent, cohesive, intellectually, and musically challenging program. --David Vernier
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This CD is very unusual and intersting. Unusual because the Kronos Quartet has managed to put works by Christopher Tye (highly recommended) and John Cage on one CD. Believe it or not but it works !
And it's interesting because on this vital mix some composers sound rather conservative (Cage's "Quodlibet"), while others (Peroin) get a refreshingly new and innovative sound.
Unfortunetly the booklet contains no info on how and why the likes of David Harrington et al came up with the idea of recording this hybrid mix but on the other hand it would probably destroy the magic of this record.
This CD will open new and exciting worlds for those who are willing to take the ride. At least it hasn't left my CD player for quite a while...
The Kronos Quartet has really deserved the Grammy they got for this one. I can only hope that they're going to record more medievel music in the future but that's probably just wishful thinking.....
an early music group, nor they intend to
be one. The music here is of course re-
workings of works of early music. Despite
the fact of not being how this music
actually sounded like, it got me started
on my collection of music by Perotin. When
I first heard "Viderunt Omnes" by Perotin,
I knew that I had to hear how it actually sounded
like in its original form. This recording the
Kronos Quartet does a great job as they always do.
Again, this recording is not intended for the
serious early music fan, this is more or less
having "fun" with early music.