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Title:
Caravan
Author:
Kronos Quartet, performer.
Corporate Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Nonesuch, [2000]

℗2000
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (63 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
For string quartet, in part with other instruments.

All but the 1st, 7th, 10th and 11th selections arr. by Osvaldo Golijov.

Title from container.

Notes by Ken Hunt, with full credits ([10] p. : port.) inserted in container.
Language:
English
Contents:
Pannonia boundless / Vrebalov (6:08) -- Canção verdes anos / Paredes (3:03) -- Aak ki raat / Burman (4:50) -- La muerte chiquita / Rangel (4:03) -- Turceasca / Perapaskero (7:28) -- Szomorú vasárnap / Seress (3:25) -- Cortejo fúnebre en el Monte Diablo / Riley (7:06) -- Responso / Troilo (4:39) -- Romance no. 1 / Paredes (4:04) -- Gallop of a thousand horses / Kalhor (4:41) -- Ecstasy / Racy (8:33) -- Misirlou twist / Roubanis (4:20).
UPC:
075597949025
Format :
Music CD

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On their 2000 release, the Kronos Quartet has appeared with an album worthy of their name. On Caravan, the quartet uses songs from the world round, with all of them rearranged as needed to fit a string quartet. There are compositions from Yugoslavia ("Pannonia Boundless"), Portugal ("Cancao Verdes Anos" and "Romance No. 1"), India ("Aaj Ki Raat"), Mexico ("La Muerte Chiquita"), Turkey ("Turceasca"), Romania, Hungary, Iran, Lebanon, and Argentina. There are guest artists left and right on the album: Hindustani tabla great Zakir Hussain aids on the Bollywood work "Aaj Ki Raat" (Tonight's the Night). Taraf de Haidouks, a gypsy ensemble, provides extra violins and accordions on "Turceasca" to make the work outright exhilarating. Lebanese nay player Ali Jihad Racy appears on his composition, as does Iranian kemancheh player Kayhan Kalhor. The Kronos Quartet has shown themselves to be quite adept at ethnic musics (though Westernized thoroughly by the time the quartet is through with them) since Pieces of Africa, and possibly even better than their American based works (see Music of Bill Evans album). That part still continues. They again use stunning virtuosity to make a tango play through smoothly on this album, as tangos almost seem to be a specialty for the group. There is quite a rough spot on the album on Terry Riley's composition, "Cortejo Funebre en el Monte Diablo." The work sounds like some kind of classicized version of a cross between industrial punk and video game background music -- needless to say, not the greatest work ever done by the group. To end the album, the quartet takes on an interpretation of surf guitar king Dick Dale's hit "Misirlou," adapting it to their format with surprising efficiency. Overall, the music is for the most part relatively incredible, despite the rough spot on Riley's composition. Kronos Quartet are occasionally on-again-off-again, but here, they're almost entirely on. ~ Adam Greenberg