Tuesday, October 31, 2006

20 Lost Treasures from 1990

16. Kronos Quartet - Black Angels (Elektra Nonesuch)

This cd contains intense sounds that represent the spirit of the human soul! The Kronos Quartet is the most recognized string quartet. In Black Angels, the Grammy nominated CD, the exploration of man's struggle with their existence is displayed through prominent 20th Century composers and one 16th Century composer. This CD is not for everyone, but provides much insight to feelings, thoughts, and emotions. Excellently recorded, the listener will receive a delight in the display of string instrument playing.

Black Angels (1970) is considered the only String quartet whose inspiration is the Vietnam War. This work portrays a voyage of the soul. The three stages of this voyage are Departure (fall from grace), Absence (spiritual annihilation), and Return (redemption). One cannot but feel the helplessness portrayed through electronic amplification and non-traditional use of the stringed instruments. Screams, shouts, sirens, and utter loneliness of the Vietnam War are heard. Only through repetitive listening can one fully grasp this work.

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