A Thousand Thoughts

A Thousand Thoughts

by Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali


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A Thousand Thoughts, whose title comes from the traditional Swedish melody that opens the program, is not a release of new material but a compilation of prior Kronos Quartet performances that draw on international materials. They go back as far as 1989, but the majority come from after 2000, when this aspect of the group's repertoire has become more important. As such, your reaction to them may well depend on whether you think this kind of experiment represents a laudable curiosity or a drive-by approach to world music. Even the detractors, though, would do well to note the following positives. The Kronos Quartet have been highly influential in this regard, as they have in so many others, and it's due to their efforts that it's commonplace nowadays to hear tango music (as you do here) or something similar in a string quartet recital. The Kronos do not simply rely on standards that fit the quartet medium but often feature representatives of the ethnic traditions involved, pushing themselves a bit to enter into exotic sound worlds. (Especially successful in this regard is the concluding version of "Danny Boy," sung by the late Texas country singer and yodeler Don Walser, the so-called Pavarotti of the Plains; this version was available on one of Walser's albums, but is not exactly a common item.) The sound engineering associated with the Kronos has always been high-class, and this collection of live and studio tracks recorded over almost a 25-year period holds together as a unit quite well. Likewise, the quartet itself has maintained a consistent sound over the several changes in personnel represented here. This has the potential to serve as a good sampler for those interested in the ethnomusicological side of contemporary chamber music.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2014
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597955736
catalogNumber: 536952
Rank: 135463

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali   Primary Artist,String Quartet
Astor Piazzolla   Bandoneon
Tony MacMahon   Accordion
Don Walser   Conductor,Vocals
Phillip Fajardo   Drums
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
Mystère des Voix Bulgares   Choir, Chorus
Wu Man   Pipa,Electric Sitar
Howard Kalish   Fiddle
Don Keeling   Bass
Scott Walls   Steel Guitar
Asha Bhosle   Vocals
Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band   Band
Dora Hristova   Conductor
Abbos Kosimov   Ethnic Percussion,Doira
Homayun Sakhi   Rubab
Salar Nader   Tabla
Van-Anh Vanessa Vo   Dan Tranh

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Terry Riley   Composer
Astor Piazzolla   Composer
Kronos Quartet and Trio Da Kali   Arranger,Producer
Tony MacMahon   Arranger
Tanburi Cemil Bey   Composer
Rob Eaton   Engineer
David Harrington   Arranger,Producer
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Leslie Ann Jones   Engineer
Judith Sherman   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Kaliss   Liner Notes
Alter Yechiel Karniol   Composer
Joel Gordon   Engineer
Andy Murphy   Engineer
Terri Winston   Producer,Engineer
Dan Gellert   Engineer
Theodore Levin   Producer
Dana Brayton   Arranger
Jacob Garchik   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Laura Dean   Engineer
Stephen Prutsman   Arranger
Getatchew Mekurya   Composer
Lucinda Toy   Contributor
Sidney Chen   Art Administration
Janet Cowperthwaite   Managing Director
Judith Berkson   Arranger
Homayun Sakhi   Composer
Fairouz R. Nishanova   Producer
Rahul Dev Burman   Composer
Omar Souleyman   Composer
Matthew Campbell   Contributor
Scott Fraser   Producer,Engineer,Contributor
Vietnamese Traditional   Composer
Hannah Neff   Contributor
Chinese Traditional   Composer
Robert Edridge-Waks   Editorial Coordinator
Swedish Traditional   Composer
Greek Traditional   Composer
Irish Tradtional   Composer
David O'Donnell   Engineer
Christina Johnson   Contributor
Nikolás McConnie-Saad   Contributor
Van-Anh Vanessa Vo   Producer
Dick Wahlberg   Engineer
Sam Reveles   Cover Art
Laurence Neff   Contributor

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