I’d like another go at…
Black Angels Works by Crumb, Tallis, Marta, Ives and Shostakovich
Kronos Quartet Nonesuch – download (1990)
I first heard George Crumb’s Black Angels in 1973, which inspired me to start Kronos. All of a sudden I felt I had a song I had to play. But we didn’t record it until 1988, as our interpretation kept evolving – as it still is. I knew that it had to begin the album, but it took me 16 years to figure out that it should be followed by an arrangement of Tallis’s Spem in alium. We started playing the Star-spangled Banner
during the Iraq War, inspired by Jimi Hendrix’s performance during the Vietnam War. If we were to release Black Angels
now it would definitely have our performance of that on it. The first time we ever played Starspangled Banner was with Black Angels at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC during the Iraq War. I told our sound guy to turn it up so loud that George W Bush could hear it. I guess I would also wish Black Angels could be louder!