Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet is one of my favorite music groups. I first saw them perform live in 1989 or 1990, and as the cliche goes, they changed my life.

I had studied music since I was a child. I am a classically trained pianist, and in high school and college, I played both oboe and horn. I knew classical music and could pronounce "Wagner" and "Chopin" correctly. But Kronos Quartet revealed the world of new music to me. And for that, I will be forever grateful.

I have since seen them perform multiple times, and I have many of their recordings. Sometimes I seek out a specific track or movement for a particular mood; other times I put on an album or my entire playlist and let what comes come, especially while I'm writing.

Here are my Top Ten tracks performed by Kronos Quartet according iTunes:
  1. White Man Sleeps #4, composer Kevin Volans
  2. Adagio, composer Samuel Barber
  3. The Beatitudes, composer Vladimir Martynov
  4. String Quartet #5, Movement I, composer Philip Glass
  5. Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished), Movement I, composer Vladimir Martynov
  6. Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished), Movement II, composer Vladimir Martynov
  7. String Quartet #5, Movement IV, composer Philip Glass
  8. String Quartet #5, Movement II, composer Philip Glass
  9. String Quartet #5, Movement V, composer Philip Glass
  10. String Quartet #5, Movement III, composer Philip Glass
I don't know this from experience, but I suspect that the top four tracks will get you laid, if that's your thing. At the very least, they can help set the mood for some sweet lovemaking. But that mostly depends on your own fuckability.

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