Tuesday 24 July 2012
10.00pm – c11.15pm
Royal Albert Hall

Jazz and Popular, Late Night Proms, Proms Chamber Music & Saturday Matinees

  • Omar Souleyman

    I'll Prevent the Hunters from Hunting You (La sidounak sayyada) (arr. Jacob Garchik) (4 mins) UK premiere
    • Kronos Quartet
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    String Quartet No. 4 (12 mins)
    • Kronos Quartet
  • Ben Johnston

    String Quartet No. 4, 'Amazing Grace' (11 mins)
    • Kronos Quartet
  • Nicole Lizée

    The Golden Age of the Radiophonic Workshop (Fibre-Optic Flowers) (c10 mins) BBC commission: world premiere
    • Kronos Quartet
  • Traditional

    Tusen tankar (A Thousand Thoughts) transcr. Ljova, arr. Kronos Quartet (5 mins)
    • Kronos Quartet
  • Aleksandra Vrebalov

    … hold me, neighbor, in this storm … (22 mins)
    • Kronos Quartet
  • Clint Mansell

    Death is the Road to Awe (9 mins) Encore

About this event

For almost 40 years, the Kronos Quartet has been reinventing the string quartet, regularly turning it into a multimedia experience. The group's first Proms appearances begins with high-octance Syrian folk-pop and ends with a Kronos commission blending classical strings with ethnic Balkan instruments, shouts, foot-stomping, bells and electronic overdubs.

In between, varied fare from the group's eclectic repertoire plus a BBC commission inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (responsible for the realisation of Ron Grainer's Doctor Who theme). Listen out, too, for the otherworldly Kronos arrangement of a Scandinavian folk lament.

There will be no interval


Discover the Music 

Watch video on the BBC news site of the Kronos Quartet rehearsing at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios in preparation for their Proms concert.

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