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Kronos Quartet  

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For more than 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential ensembles of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 40 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, and commissioning hundreds of works and arrangements for string quartet.

Integral to Kronos' work is a series of long-running, in-depth collaborations with many of the world's foremost composers, including Americans Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich; Azerbaijan's Franghiz Ali-Zadeh; Poland's Henryk Górecki, and Argentina's Osvaldo Golijov. Additional collaborators from around the world have included the legendary Bollywood "playback singer" Asha Bhosle; the renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw; Mexican rockers Café Tacuba; the Romanian gypsy band Taraf de Haïdouks; and the unbridled British cabaret trio, the Tiger Lillies.

Kronos' work has garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and "Musicians of the Year" (2003) from Musical America.

 

http://www.kronosquartet.org/

Live Dates

24/06/2016   Kronos Quartet and Theatre of Voices honour Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
The Kronos Quartet have changed their European tour plans to give a special memorial and CD release concert at the Copenhagen Opera on 9 July, together with Theatre of Voices and Paul Hillier.
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12/05/2011   Two prestigious prizes to the Kronos Quartet
It says something about the Kronos Quartet that they've won honors from two very dissimilar organizations on the same day.
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25/11/2016   The Buffalo News

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Green Ground
3/4 Stars

"This is why it is ALWAYS necessary to keep up with what the Kronos Quartet and Hillier's Theater of Voices do"
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31/10/2016   Diapason

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Green Ground
4/5 Stars

"New Ground Green ajoute la voix à ce tableau, et Dieu sait que celles du Theatre of Voices de Hillier sont d'une transparence, d'une précision remarquables."
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11/10/2016   The Art Music Lounge

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Green Ground
"This is a wonderfully imaginative recording, albeit one that’s pretty far off from center. I dare you to play it, loudly, at your next fancy-delancy Sunday brunch!"
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06/10/2016   WDR 3

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Green Ground
"The concept is transparent and playful, the result convincing and charming – not least thanks to two excellent ensembles."
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16/09/2016   Fyens Stiftstidende

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Green Ground
4/6 Stars

"et krast, grumt univers med stringent rytmik, realistiske og helt usminkede lydbilleder, så typisk for komponisten"
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10/07/2016   GregersDH.dk

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Green Ground
5/6 Stars

"På en lille time oplever man, hvordan han endevender et materiale, bringer os ind i en mærkelig trylleverden af tonedrift, spænder vores opmærksomhed til bristepunkter eller stille og roligt kommer bag på os med overraskelser, elskværdige eller højspændte."
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04/07/2016   Politiken

PELLE GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN Green Ground
6/6 Hjerter

[..] "Kronos Quartet og vokalkvartetten Theatre of Voices hørte til Gudmundsen-Holmgreens yndlingsgrupper, og deres nye fælles cd lyder sådan også som noget af det bedste, der ?ndes med mandens musik." [..]
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01/01/2010   International Record Review

Kronos plays Holmgreen
"Fearless performances are in evidence throughout"
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02/03/2009   American Record Guide

Kronos plays Holmgreen
"I don't think I've heard the Kronos Quartet sounding better than this"
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03/05/2007   Politiken

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Music is a Monster (DVD)
4/6 Hjerter

"Ord, musik og billeder hænger inspirerende godt sammen.", "En film så musikalsk, at man bliver høj i hjernehatten af den. På 12-tone-måden."
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01/05/2007   Berlingske Tidende

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: Music is a monster (DVD)
5/6 Stars

"Et must for elskere af ikke blot Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, men også af dansk musik og det danske land i almindelighed."
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Photo: Jay Blakesberg

Discography

Green Ground
Green Ground
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

CD 8.226153 (2016)

Kronos plays Holmgreen
Kronos plays Holmgreen
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

SACD 6.220548 (2008)

The world-famous American Kronos Quartet plays three of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s lush works

Music is a monster (DVD)
Music is a monster (DVD)
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

DVD 2.110406 (2007)

Jytte Rex’ portrait film of the composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen


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