Pieces Of Africa finds the go-to indie-classical string quartet supreme, the Kronos Quartet, taking on commissions from eight African composers. With the string quartet being arguably one of the most archetypal formats of the Western classical tradition, it is wonderful to hear it pushed in new directions on these ingenious compositions. Double LP on Nonesuch.
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8/10 Jack Customer review, 4th February 2018
A wonderful album in how it combines music types and really demonstrates the connection of ancient rhythms and sounds to instruments normally not connected to that common human heritage. Here, Kronos pursues the gig by commissioning African musicians, of which only a few seem to have some kind of formal training in Western classical music. The selection of composers gives a nice cross-section of the continent. The music is pretty and sweet, undemanding and inconsequential, mostly rhythmic and dance-like or sounding celebratory
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