When you of think of the phrase ‘string quartet’, what comes to mind? Standing at a wedding reception, perhaps, while four overqualified musicians play “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” to a crowd of dapperly attired individuals who are far more interested in the open bar than the music, most likely. For forty years now, the Kronos Quartet have been forcing audiences to revise their expectations of the string quartet. They have, almost singlehandedly, overhauled the mainstream perception of chamber music, transforming it from light luncheon entertainment into a challenging, experimental genre.
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