Totem Ancestor - Kronos Quartet - Early Music (Lachrymæ Antiquæ)
Label: Nonesuch - 79457-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Classical • Style: Medieval, Renaissance, Contemporary
The subtitle is from Dowland's Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares of The album contrasts adaptations for string quartet of music from the Middle Ages and early Renaissance with 20th-century compositions. Arranging and selecting compositions from ten centuries of music was intended, according to David Harrington, the quartet's founder, "to find a way of relating vastly different pieces to one time, to find a place in time where the elements meet. That contrast is something we've been working with for a long time.
As with many Kronos Quartet albums, the basic string quartet is augmented by various other, sometimes exotic instruments. Rick Anderson on Allmusic praises the album's "overriding mood Like most of Kronos' best work, this is dark, lovely, eerie stuff.
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