Composer Michael Gordon and Kronos Quartet have worked together since 2001—Gordon’s visceral, inventive music is perfect for a quartet that continually champions the new. This album presents their four finest collaborations. Potassium is a breathless, charged masterpiece that pits distorted, sliding strings against driving chords. In The Sad Park, Gordon stretches, compresses, and morphs young children’s responses to 9/11, finding the most poignant, heartbreaking music within. Clouded Yellow dazzles in its depiction of migrating butterflies while Exalted, which sets lines from the Jewish Kaddish prayer, fizzes with defiance.
The Sad Park
The Sad Park: Pt. 1, Two Evil Planes Broke in Little Pieces and Fire Came