The New York Times Review


Review: Kronos Quartet Fosters Contemporary Works for Strings
by Anthony Tommasini
April 4, 2016

For over 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been reimagining what a string quartet can be and fostering new music from diverse composers, more than 850 works and arrangements so far. So what is the quartet up to these days? Commissioning more pieces, naturally.

This time the project is also an educational initiative called “50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.” Carnegie Hall, a partner in the venture, has appointed Kronos to this season’s Richard and Barbara Debs Creative Chair, and the ensemble played a sold-out concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall on Saturday.

Engaging pieces by Nicole Lizée, N. Rajam, Karin Rehnqvist, Albert Behar and the inimitable Pete Townshend of the Who (an arrangement of “Baba O’Riley”) completed the bill.

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