Editors’ Notes 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.

SONG
Clouded Yellow
1
 
Potassium
2
 
The Sad Park
The Sad Park: Pt. 1, Two Evil Planes Broke in Little Pieces and Fire Came
3
 
The Sad Park: Pt. 2, There Was a Big Boom and Then There Was Teeny Fiery Coming Out
4
 
The Sad Park: Pt. 3, I Just Heard That on the News That the Buildings Are Crashing Down
5
 
The Sad Park: Pt. 4, And All the Persons That Were in the Airplane Died
6
 
Exalted
7
 

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